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Revenge In Othello Analysis

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From the play, Othello, by William Shakespeare i had concluded that, due to Iago’s evil nature, he had set-up the fate of Othello and Desdemona and this is because he wanted revenge on Othello. Surprisingly I have found that some critics disagree with this or they contradict it with different explanations as to why they think otherwise. The critics that I will be discussing about will be William Marginn (1987), Michael L. LaBlanc (2003) and Fred West (1978) which all are at different time periods. The critics tend to have intresting observations on Iago’s motives, acknowledging insight of his character and provide a reason to explain about his actions, which had affected both Desdemona and Othello later on tragically. All of these critics had…show more content…
What he seems to argue is that ‘’At the outset Iago intends merely to gull Roderigo and undermine Cassio, but that the circumstance of Othello 's marriage unfortunately presents itself as a surer means to gain his revenge.’’ and ‘’he concludes that the most legitimate of those offered by Iago is Cassio 's appointment to the lieutenancy.’’ This is true on what he says because at some point in the play it is known that Cassio is appointed to lieutenancy in favour than Iago which might of made him have outraged and unforgivable towards Othello, making him only to seek revenge and torture Othello along his marriage. An example from Act 2, scene 1 is a soliloquy by Iago of him saying ‘’For that I do suspect the lusty moor…show more content…
Othello lost everything due to Iago, he had lost Desdemona, his title along with his position. Iago says ‘I bleed, sir, but not killed.’ in which Othello replies ‘I am not sorry neither. I’d have thee live, For in my sense ’tis happiness to die.’ Lodovico 's reaction was ‘O thou Othello, thou was once so good, fall 'n in the practice of a cursèd slave, what shall be said to thee?‘’ Iago had destroyed himself by being caught and he had made Desdemona killed which makes William Marginns statements have evidence about his ‘’own love of deceit and iniquity’’ actually ruining others aswell. But it is also what Iago wanted to see in the first place, for Othello and Desdemona to be killed because he had manipulated Othello in every possible way to get rid of Othello’s happiness. This proves to be another strong point by William Maginn because it links to my hypothesis on how he had set up Othello and Desdemona. Iago crafted these set of plans where he puppeteers Othello which ends up in his favour, only for him to gain his revenge and have a tragic end for Othello and