Othello has a separate and distinct set of strengths as a man. He does not flaunt his achievements as a leader, being “unawed by dignitari...
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...]e is much changed” (4.1.268). Still groping for a logical explanation of this barbarism, Lodovico asks, “[a]re his wits safe? is he not light of brain?” (4.1.269). Once again Iago answers cryptically with the elucidating remark, “[h]e's that he is” (4.1.270). With no enlightenment forthcoming, Lodovico can only think that what he has heard of Othello had been greatly exaggerated. Apparently this Moor is not so great a man after all, and all that Lodovico has left to say is that “I am sorry that I am deceived in him” (4.1.282).
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