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The tragic events that happened to Othello are due to him giving into gossip and being gullible. Othello was a commendable military leader which made it surprising that such a strong military leader would let gossip without validity become his downfall. The events which prompted Othello’s collapse stemmed from Iago. He had deep rooted hatred towards Othello and wanted to destroy him. The villain Iago came up with an evil scheme to reveal to Othello that his wife Desdemona had an affair on him. Iago knew that Othello was strong and could survive being a warrior since childhood but could not handle the pain of his wife being unfaithful. Iago’s plan was to pretend to be Othello’s friend and confidant while simultaneously stabbing him in the back. The fact that multiple people lost their lives all because Othello fell victim to a rumor that had no evidence makes Othello a tragic figure. This rumor caused Othello to transform from an honorable military leader into a mental case. Iago fabricated details of a torrid affair between Desdemona and Cassio. Othello would hear about the affair from Iago and it was eating him alive. It is bewildering that Othello never second guessed Iago’s accusations and that Othello just flat out believed all of the far-fetched tales that Iago revealed to him. Othello took out his anger over the alleged affair on Desdemona. Othello even went so far as to strike Desdemona in front of an elite audience who then questioned Othello’s sanity. One night Othello was in such a rage over the alleged affair that he murdered Desdemona and after finding out that Desdemona was innocent, Othello stabbed himself to death. Othello’s tragedy was both self-inflicted and beyond his control. This tragedy was beyond Othello’s control because Iago was manipulative. One night Cassio got drunk which caused a scene so Othello demoted Cassio. Iago would advise Cassio to confide in Desdemona to convince Othello to give him his ranking back. Iago

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