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Othello

By Toombus Apr 16, 2013 505 Words
Today I am questioned with why Othello not only believes Iago's lies, but succumbs to them and acts out upon them. The reasons behind this inculde the theme of honesty and trust, as seen in Iago's character. During the first few scenes it would appear that Othello is close to Iago, but not vice versa. Othello is seen freely presenting Iago as honest. It is then revealed that Iago isn't as honest as his name, but the complete opposite. The reason Othello calls him honest is beacause he trusts him. This trust comes from Othello viewing Iago as fair and righteous as well as knowing him for a while, as it seems the two are well acquainted. However, this is not Iago's true character, but rather much like a puppeteer who manipulates his friends. However, because views Iago as trust worthy due to the past they share, it gives an opening for Iago to feed Othello lies and and make him act out upon them. Iago's character is optimal for carrying out deception, but Othello's character is also made that he is easily deceived. He is well presented and a high class man. He speaks well mannered as well, which reflects his character, someone who you can trust and be trusted back. This is the opening which allows Iago to manilpulate him to a state where he believes anything he says. Othello's personality and doubts let him take in whatever Iago tells him because he had told Othello about the context and sown the seeds of doubt. This trust that Othello has leads to him again succumb to Iago's lies. When the hankerchief is introduced, Othello's downfall began. The story which is presented by Iago about Cassio and Desdemona isn't given all at once. Instead, Iago craftily gives it to him pieces by piece, giving Othello time to quesiton and expand his doubts about Desdemona. This brings Othello believing that the worst outcome is true while Iago reinforces his doubts. The theme of trust doesn't appear between only Othello and Iago but also Othello and Desdemona. The bond between Othello and Desdemona is Othello's greatest weakness and because of this, Othello can easily think up the worst possibilities given to him from Iago. As the play goes on, Othello becomes more and more like an animal, incapable of reasonable thought. Iago utilizes the doubt created in Othello's mind to completely destroy him mentally. This is because of Othello's trust with Iago. It is shown that Othello will only listen to Iago because his lies have seemed to be true. For example the affair between Desdemona and Cassio is seen to be true in Othello's eyes. This leads Othello being succumbed to Iago's lies again. In conclusion, there are other themes why Othello believes Iago such jealousy, but because of the strong use of the word "Honest" in the play, it is seen most strongly. These words given out by Othello is what allowed Iago to realize his potential and cripple Othello under his lies.

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