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Topics: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare Pages: 3 (1366 words) Published: June 15, 2014
Micky Ruxsarash
April 30, 2014
English/ per.1
Fate vs. Freewill- Othello Argumentative Essay

Free will is the ability of humans to make choices unconstrained by certain factors. Even though it is believed that we have freewill, it has been widely debated throughout history not only whether that is true, but even how to define the concept of free will. The story, Tragedy of Othello, written by William Shakespeare is a story about how antagonist—Iago – is deeply jealous of Cassio who was promoted by our protagonist, Othello who is also a high general in power. Iago then plans to backstab Othello and ruin his love with Desdemona. Based on Shakespeare’s focus on the character and his actions that developed the plot, it is shown he believes that freewill directs our lives. He does so by using development of the antagonist and sequencing of events.

Shakespeare starts off with the story with the development of direct characterization of Iago as the antagonist who seeks revenge on Othello. In Act 1, Scene 1, lines 54-56; we have Iago start off speaking and introducing his evil plan to sabotage Othello for not promoting him, yet instead promoting some new kid. Iago states, “These fellows have some soul, and such a one do I profess myself. For, sir, It is as sure as you are Roderigo, Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago. In following him, I follow myself; Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty.” From this quote, we see that Shakespeare directly develops Iago as an antagonist character. After reading what Iago has said, we learn exactly that he’s actually doing everything for his own benefits and that he could really care less about others. Iago does not try to curve or seem to attempt to hide anything from the audience, so the sense of selfishness speaks out to the audience and the message is conveyed pretty clearly that he will do anything in his will to be in the position of higher power as well as take over those who are in the way. In Act 1, Scene 3,...
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