Theme Of Honesty In Othello

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Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakesphere’s tragic play, Othello, manipulates honesty. In the play, from whence spring honesty the most interesting character Iago reveals himself further from the truth. He reveals his manipulative ability through the use of common men language that tells men what they want to hear, which benefits Iago and leads him to his goals.
As the scene trans-parents, Roderigo is pouting, and bellows, "Tush! never tell me; I take it much unkindly / That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse / As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.” The "this" broadcasts the departure of Othello and Desdemona. Roderigo loves Desdemona, and wants her so bad that he’s using Iago as a wing man to deliver gifts and messages to Desdemona. He also subsidizes Iago money for his trouble. Iago portrays Roderigo's opposite; self-possessed, cynical, and very smart. Iago becomes one of Shakespeare's most frightening villains, because he can look at someones eyes, lie through his teeth, and make a person believe he possesses good intentions. At the moment Iago holds little difficulty with Roderigo, who assumes that Iago must have known about Othello's plans, but Iago quickly talks his way out of the difficulty and takes jurisdiction of the situation. Iago declares that the departure comes a complete surprise, and Roderigo answers, "Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate" giving Iago a chance to talk about himself, which he loves. To prove his hatred of Othello, Iago tells the story of how he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant. He discloses that three very important Venetians very humbly asked Othello to give the job to him. Maybe these three "great ones" just happen to t...

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... that Iago is going to let the matter drop. To make sure that Othello is found by Desdemona's angry father, Iago tells Roderigo to lead Brabantio to the Sagittary, an inn. And in the end Brabantio learns that his daughter has indeed run away. Brabantio sends out search parties and then asks Roderigo if he knows where Desdemona and Othello might be. Roderigo replies that if Brabantio will get together a party of armed men, he can probably lead them to the place. Brabantio, a man of power and influence, is sure he can do that, and so off they go to hunt down Othello.
In conclusion, as you can see Iago has characterized himself as an evil, sneaky, and untruthful person who is only interested in the well being and success of himself and no one else. He will do everything in his power to get his way and to make himself look like the good guy when in actuality he isn't.
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