Othello's Responsibility for Desdemona's Death

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Othello's Responsibility for Desdemona's Death Othello is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. Its controversial issues and passionate characters excite audiences around the world. In the United States, the first ever on-stage kiss between a "black" man and a "white" woman occurred in a 1943 production of the play that went on to be the longest running Shakespearean play in the country's history. Othello is a play written in the early 17th century. It has many characters who are Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Roderigo, Cassio and Emilia. Othello, Desdemona and Iago are the main characters. Othello focuses on the relationship between ''Othello and Desdemona''. Iago, Emilia and Roderigo play a big role in the relationship. It is a tale of love and deceit. Iago, Othello's friend is being duplicitous. That causes rafts between Othello and Desdemona. Which leads to Desdemona being strangled by Othello. Looking at that Othello has been stupid to believe what Iago has said to him. For example, on one occasion Othello suspects Cassio, ''ha! I like not that''. This explains to us that Iago making Othello suspicious that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, Othello really does believe Iago. That makes Othello responsible for Desdemona's death. For example, when Othello sees Cassio talking to Desdemona, Iago winds him up and says he should beware jealousy, the ''green eyed monster''. This explains to us that from now on you have to take on jealousy as well. The era this play is set in was very racist. They did not like dark-skinned people. It is very unlike now. That is partly the reason why the tragedy of Othello the pl... ... middle of paper ... ...acters react to his presence in different ways. Given these statements, Othello, Iago and Roderigo are the people who are responsible for Desdemona's death. Iago for planning the whole thing. He uses any chance, he gets to arouse Othello's anger and jealousy to make Desdemona and Cassio seem guilty. Planting the handkerchief...which is the symbol of faithfulness. Othello for being too trusting, and trusting the wrong people, for example, Iago. He listens to Iago and eventually even adopts his nature and language. Roderigo for being gullible and too easily duped into Iago's plans. He believes that he will have a chance with Desdemona. For example, "put money in thy purse" shows how clever Iago is with his subtle techniques of persuasion. These three Othello, Iago and Roderigo are the people who are responsible for Desdemona's death.
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