Next, Othello 's ignorance and overall poor decision making shows just how bad of a leader he really is. Like Hamlet, Othello 's position and status is supposed to be one that exemplifies power and the person’s ability to lead those around him. Looking at his battle performance alone, one can say that Othello is a great leader, but this is far from the truth. Othello 's decisions outside of the battlefield prove to be extremely rash and ignorant. Othello 's enemies, Iago in particular, recognize this vulnerability, and use it against him. First, Iago sets up the ground work to make Othello suspicious of his newly wedded wife. Without much effort, Othello becomes easily convinced that two of his closest allies in Desdemona and Cassius, are in fact his greatest enemies. He makes the ignorant decisions such as firing Cassius and killing Desdemona purely based of his emotions and his feeble resolve. His suspicions could have been immediately extinguished if he chooses to investigate a little more and blame a little less. Instead he chooses to "Put out the light".(5.2.7) These purely emotional and irrational decisions effects everyone around Othello, and his ignorant vulnerability leaves him as easy prey to those who wish to hurt him.
Moving on, both Othello and Hamlet 's pride leaves them vulnerable to those ...
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...thers hurt’s him the most. As a well-regarded general, he should be well verse with all the tactics of war, including that of spies and deception. Yet, his openness with the man who hates him the most starts his own demise. When Iago accuses Othello’s wife of cheating, he asks for proof. After seeing the “proof” Othello takes it as the “end all be all” and immediately becomes ready to attack Desdemona for his suspicions in her adultery. He shows his inability to be cautious of others when he decides not to contemplate why Iago has been getting involved with all his issues, personal and public. It’s his own fault he suffered so much and Othello doesn’t realize it until the very end.
Othello and Hamlet are men who are extremely vocal when it comes to blaming others for their own misgivings. But, their own actions are the real root of all of their own suffering. Th
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