William Shakespeare's Othello

Best Essays
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, tragedy unfolds on the account of one man’s actions, Iago. He is a twenty eight year old military veteran from Venice. His personality consists of being obsessive, manipulative, relentless, and bold. From the beginning he expressed his hatred towards the Moor, or North African named Othello. Othello is a highly respected general and is also married to the pure Desdemona. The marriage between Othello and Desdemona is destroyed due to Iago’s actions and lies. His actions consist of getting Michael Cassio discharged as lieutenant and convincing the Moor that his wife is cheating on him. The motives Iago has for despising Othello are he passed him over for a promotion to be his lieutenant, instead he chose Michael Cassio, and then he has suspicion that Othello slept with his wife, Emilia. Iago is miserable with his life, so he is going to make everyone else around him feel his misery. Just like the saying goes “Misery loves company”, meaning unhappy people want other people to be unhappy as well. “Iago is (this is true) the Demon who moves everything, but Othello is the one who acts: He loves, is jealous, kills and kills himself (Rosenthal).”
Iago’s scornful attitude towards Othello is fueled by the fact that he was overlooked for a promotion to be Othello’s lieutenant. The promotion was given to a highly educated man by the name of Michael Cassio. “As Iago, the man of resentment par excellence, who represents the levelling jealousy of all superior attainment, says of Cassio: "he hath a daily beauty in his life that makes me ugly" ( Othello, 5.2) (Bonetto I).” Since he was elected to be Othello’s lieutenant, Iago has a motive to be bitter and jealous towards Cassio. Iago never understood why Othello ch...

... middle of paper ...

... suspicion that he had slept with his wife, Emilia. Therefore Iago convinced Othello with the perfect evidence that his wife, Desdemona was cheating on him with Cassio. As the tragedy began to unfold everyone was able to see Iago true colors and see the conniving, lying, and backstabbing person that he is. Everyone’s fate was in the hands of Iago, the villain.

Works Cited

Bonetto, Sandra. "Coward Conscience and Bad Conscience in Shakespeare and Nietzsche." Philosophy and Literature. Oct. 2006: 512-527.SIRS Renaissance. Web. 19 May. 2014.
Rosenthal, Tom. "All the Moor." Opera Now (London, England). May/June 2001: 36-38. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 19 May. 2014.
Ardolino, Frank. "Pinter's BETRAYAL And Shakespeare's OTHELLO." Explicator 65.1 (2006): 50-53. Academic Search Premier. Web. 19 May 2014.
Crowther, John. No Fear Shakespeare Othello. New York. 2003. Print
Get Access