The Downfall of Othello
Othello in the play appears to be strong and brave. He is a combination of greatness and weakness. Othello is intelligent and confident in military matters but socially insecure, one of the reasons that lead to his downfall. Othello is self-conscious and defensive about his difference from other Venetians. He sometimes even talks about himself as an outsider. He is different from those around him, due to his origins and his life history. More importantly, he is visibly different due to the color of his skin, due to being a Black among white people, which is saw as wickedness, while white is saw as purity and innocent. Even though he wins Desdemona’s heart with his story and tale but deep inside he does not believe that his words would win her. Othello's inexperience weakens his confidence. Iago finds it easy to drive Othello to jealousy and think that Desdemona loves another man, because he already feels that her love for him is too good to be true. Othello sees Cassio as the man who most Venetian women would like to marry and as the man she would turn to if she stopped loving her husband. He is waiting for the dream to come to an end, for Desdemona to decide that she has made a mistake in marrying him. His self-conscious becomes a weakness that Iago uses to manipulate him. Othello is lack of judgment. He lets his guard down after arriving at Cyprus. He thinks the Turks are defeated, and there is no more enemy. Iago uses his honest reputation and starts with the believable suggestions in building up Othello’s jealousy. Therefore, after listening to “Honest” Iago’s innuendo, everything he sees leads to the conclusion that Desdemona has an affair behind his back with Cassio. Othello places too much faith in the one he considers as a friend, Iago, who is full with hidden jealousy for Cassio’s position and the rumor about his wife, Amelia, and Othello. Iago easily takes advantage of Othello’s trust and plants the jealousy in Othello’s...
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