Miscommunication And Manipulation In Othello

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Othello by William Shakespeare is one of the many plays that captures the phenomenal writing of Shakespeare. Similar to most of Shakespeare’s plays, Othello, is a tragic tale of how a noble warrior named Othello goes from the peak of his life to the lowest point of his life because of miscommunication and manipulation. Every character in this story plays a significant role on the outcome of the story especially the antagonist named Iago. He demonstrates that the most intelligent people aren’t always the nicest of people. Iago manipulates all of the main characters by using philosophical ideas to obtain his personal desires such as money, a higher job position, or gaining revenge on his wife. Othello becomes one of Iago’s main targets because…show more content…
The first reason is that there is no concrete evidence that Cassio cheated on her. The only reason why Othello believes that Cassio cheated on her is because of Iago and the handkerchief. Iago begins the process of destroying Othello’s life by giving him the idea that Cassio is not “an honest man”. Othello then persuades Iago to continue his thoughts on why he believes that Cassio is not an honest man. He then comes to the conclusion that Cassio slept with Desdemona. Iago defends his statement by telling Othello, “She lied to her father to marry you/ And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks/ She loved them most” (III.III. 210-2). What Iago is saying here is that he questions Desdemona’s trust because she left her own father to be with her. He is telling Othello that he wouldn’t be surprised if Desdemona would do something as horrific to him. Iago then uses a handkerchief as his next plot device to trick Othello. Othello gives Desdemona a handkerchief as their first gift when they went on their first date. When Desdemona accidentally drops it, he tells her that the handkerchief, “Did an Egyptian to my mother give/ She was a charmer and could almost read/ The thoughts of people. She told her/ while she kept it/ ‘Twould make her amiable and subdue my father” (III. IV. 53-56). Othello is telling Desdemona that the handkerchief is a valuable present that was passed on by generation to…show more content…
The first reason is Othello’s chivalrous reputation. Othello is known as a hero, a role model, and one of the most respectable people in all of the military. When Othello is put on trial by a Venetian Senator and Desdemona’s father, Barbantio, the Duke approves the actions of Othello of taking Desdemona as his wife. His beautiful soliloquy about his lover makes the Duke tells Barbantio, “I think this tale would win my daughter too” (I.III.172). It is rare in today’s society that a soldier would have the upper hand in trial against a senator. It demonstrates how much they trust Othello as a person. The second reason why Othello can’t be fully blamed for his actions is because he may have psychological problems. Desdemona says, “My lord is not my lord, nor should I know him/ Were he in favor as in humor altered” (III. IV. 119-20). Desdemona knows that Othello has not been acting regularly and believes something is making him act this way because she knows who he really is as a person. Readers even believe Othello is better than this and believe that the stress from his work has played a role in his life. The last reason why Othello can’t be fully blamed for his actions are Iago. He is the true perpetrator on why this story became a tragedy. All of his actions are caused because of his greed and his desire to have more luxury. He is willing to kill the people

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