Reputation Thesis

Topics: Clarence Thomas, Folger Shakespeare Library, Alan K. Simpson Pages: 3 (713 words) Published: May 30, 2013
Hashib, 1

All of the good or bad choices we made as a teenager and adult have had a role in shaping who we are today. It is easier to ruin a reputation than to get a good reputation. During Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s judicial hearing committee session, Anita Hill accused the Justice of sexually harassing her in front of television and the committee. Clarence Thomas denied the false accusation. To make matters worse, Senator Alan Simpson quoted the followed lines from Othello: “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,

Is the immediate jewel of their souls,
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands.
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed” (Traskos 1)
These words were spoken by Iago before points out the importance of reputation to Othello just before falsely accusing that Desdemona’s flirtation have put Othello's own reputation in peril. (Traskos 1). Daniel Kornstein compared Senator Simpson to Iago, “"placing each word carefully in the ear of Judge Thomas (not to soothe him but) to inflame his anger against his accuser" (Traskos 1). A person’s reputation is directly parallel to his/her actions.

Hashib, 2 In Shakespeare’s Othello, the main characters Cassio and Iago portray how important reputation can be. Iago uses his reputation as an advantage; he manipulates Cassio, Othello and his wife Emilia. No one knows that Iago has two colors and is masking his true self. Othello is under the impression that Iago is an honest man, and he puts his faith and trust on him. Iago starts hinting that Desdemona is being unfaithful to Othello, “She did deceive her father, marrying you ;( III, iii, 206-208). Othello becomes paranoid and doubtful and becomes doubtful of his wife. Iago had malice towards Cassio and he convinces Cassio by telling...
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