Othello, Desdemona And Iago

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The world is a scandalous place filled with egocentric people to who will often make choices based on personal pleasure and beneficial needs. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, when not chosen for the higher titled position, the villain seeks revenge and manipulates others in scandalous acts to take over. Through characterization of the three main characters, Othello, Desdemona, and Iago, we realize that, lacking trust leads to a self-disrupting nature filled with betrayal, death, and suicide. Iago’s characterization was best described as one who is able to brainwash the ignorant and manipulate people to his advantage. He has the capability of picking up the grain of the truth and then twisting it. Mark Rose best describes Iago…show more content…
No other woman’s virtues could compare to Desdemona’s. She is the wife that that “even though…may not always understand, [will] always feel you, and feel with you (Parker 232). This devotion is so wholesome, that Iago the vilest of them all, cannot help to love. Her loyalty is so worthy that she even risks her relationship with her father for loyalty to her husband. Her father’s disapproval of the Moor causes her to remind her father that “Othello is her husband; and just like her mother showed to him, she will put her husband over her father’s beliefs” (1.3.183-186). Her pure judgment of others seeks to see the good in others so much that she becomes oblivious to Othello’s jealousy disputes. Her blindness of truth causes her to lose her life due to false accusations that Iago embedded in Othello’s head. Even while on her death bed, she refuses to admit to her friend Emilia that Othello is her murder. Desdemona is, “at once the property and an angel of selflessness… that looks forward to the bourgeois age and to its conception of women” (Rose.284). Her intentions are so pure that she blames herself for her own death, saying “a guiltless death I die” (5.2.125). Her love for Othello is so strong that she will not even point her finger at who actually killed her. She would rather blame herself for his doing’s, than being the wife who deceived her husband. Her devotion…show more content…
With blissful ignorance, he wishes he could go back in time. Othello’s “tragedy depends on culturally embedded notions of adulteration and pollution that are closely related to the ideas of disproportion and monstrosity by Iago” (Neill. 322). Iago’s poison’s ways trick Othello into believing that his wife Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. We soon begin to realize this is just another one of Iago’s selfish acts to get what he wants. His responses seem as if he doesn’t care as if she is cheating, but more wishes he never knew about it. He says that it would be better off if “pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body”, then him knowing that his wife was cheating (3.3.345). He describes his wife’s “infidelity” as if, “had it placed in heaven to try him with affliction, had they rained all kinds of sores and shames on his bare head”; Death is more reassuring in life than dealing with his wife’s infidelity (4.2.47-49). It’s not the thing itself, but knowing about it is what’s horrible. Othello’s jealousy overpowers his love for Desdemona as he looks over her on her death bed and contemplates “why did I marry”. Desdemona is oblivious to Othello’s jealousy and believes her husband is the perfect guy. Just when you think Othello would come to his senses and realize this is one of Iago’s conniving behaviors, he kills his wife. He believes “she must die, or else she will betray
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