Tragedy In Othello

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Tragedy is mostly seen in characters pure and innocent. The deaths of those whom are innocent have a blindness to see the deceitfulness in others. Characters die who do not deserve their unfortunate fates. Desdemona is the heart of Iago’s plan and her loyalty to Othello eventually leads to her death bed. Emilia’s husband is the villain she hates, but giving him the one item he needs dooms everyone. Othello falls into Iago’s plan as soon as his fatal flaw of jealousy comes into play. In the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, the innocent characters Desdemona, Emilia, and Othello are lead to their demise because they are manipulated into trusting Iago.
Desdemona is loyal and caring, which blinds her from Iago’s manipulation. Desdemona’s loyalty and care helps build Iago’s scheme. This loyalty is seen when Othello questions Desdemona about her faithfulness to him, in front of Emilia. Desdemona does not want to upset Othello anymore then he already is and stays loyal and quiet, trying to reassure that she is Othello’s true and loyal wife. Likewise, Desdemona tries to comfort Othello’s tears by saying, “If haply you my father do suspect /An instrument of this your calling back, /Lay not your blame /on me. If you have lost him, /Why, I have lost him too,” (OTH.IV.II.44-47). Desdemona stays loyal to Othello despite his earlier rant of calling Desdemona an unfaithful prostitute, and tells Othello that if he is upset that her father, Brabantio, calls him back to Venice, then she is also upset at him. Desdemona cannot question Othello’s accusations nor can she defend herself from Othello’s words because of her undying loyalty. Similarly, Desdemona’s caring nature also helps Iago’s plan unfold, because of Desdemona’s friendlin...

... middle of paper ... Iago seems to become more honest, Othello becomes less faithful. However, Othello still had some faith, saying if Desdemona was unfaithful “heaven then mocks itself,” meaning if Othello were to believe it then Heaven is fooling itself. Nevertheless, Othello proves his loyalty and despair when finally sending Iago to be tortured and killing him, knowing the truth.
Innocence by caring and love is manipulated by Iago, leading these characters to their deaths. Desdemona’s loyalty and love is characterized as beautiful qualities, while Iago uses these qualities to turn Othello against her. Emilia’s obedience to her husband forsakes her and Desdemona. Othello becomes increasingly jealous and persuaded, by Iago, who has planned this to happen and end Othello’s life. In conclusion, Othello demonstrates that power means nothing without control over ones fatal flaws.
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