Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play Essay

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Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play

Othello, the main character in the play is married to Desdemona. At
the start of the play Othello is seen as evil and bad by all the other
characters and the audience. Brobantio (Desdemona's father), dislikes
Othello very much at the start of the play. This is because Othello
married Desdemona without her father's consent and Brobantio thinks
Othello has used black magic to win Desdemona's love. Whereas, this
isn't the case, Othello married Desdemona because he loved her and she
loved him. Also, in the time period the play is set, women were never
seen as very important people in society and they were seen as the
property of men. Usually their husband or father, this is why
Brobantio is angry about the fact, Othello married Desdemona.
Brobantio calls Othello a "foul thief", because of this. We also see
Iago talking about Othello in a very cruel and foul way to Roderigo.
For instance, Iago uses very racist language when talking about
Othello, and he encourages Roderigo to do so too, "thick lips"; this
is a very racist term used to describe black people. A racist thing
Iago says is,

"An old black ram/ is tupping your white ewe", Othello is described as
an evil black man here, (the black ram), corrupting an innocent white
woman, (the white ewe).

However, Othello isn't an evil and bad man after all, he puts this
idea forward very quickly to both, the characters and the audience. We
see that Othello is a very honest and good man. Also, he is a very
good and well-respected soldier so he certainly wants respect off
other people. We get this idea when Othello talks about why he loves

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...ren't true. Othello
only killed Desdemona because he believed what Iago had said about
her. Also Iago killed two people while Othello killed one so Iago is
worse then Othello. It could also be said Iago took four lives because
he made Othello take Desdemona's life and his own life by lying to
Othello and making him jealous. If Iago hadn't made Othello jealous
Othello wouldn't have killed Desdemona, therefore, he wouldn't have
taken his own life. At the end of the play it is clear that Othello
deeply regrets what he's done to Desdemona and he is sorry. This is
clear because he tells everybody about himself and what caused him to
murder Desdemona. However, Othello could have also been concerned
about how all the characters would remember him when he dies,
therefore, this could have caused him to do the speech at the end.

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