Analysis Of Machiavelli 's ' Othello ' Essay

1300 Words Feb 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Machiavelli’s Prince seeks to recruit and educate a ruler in the art of ruling. His ideal rulers are founders, men who created a fatherland and were not afraid to sacrifice lives and their self-interests for the common good. Machiavelli stresses that a ruler needs to appear virtuous while using vices when necessary to achieve positive results. Machiavelli teaches the ruler to divide his self. “It is essential, therefore, for a Prince […] to have learned how to be other than good, and to use or not use his goodness as necessity requires” (Machiavelli, 40). The ruler must decipher when it is necessary to use evil for “the glory and prosperity of their country” (13). In contrast, self-division ruins Othello. He experiences self-division by being outcast as the “other” throughout the play. Initially, Othello speaks eloquently. His presence commands attention. After Iago plants the seeds of jealousy within Othello, his personality changes until Desdemona does not recognize him. Othello can seem bipolar at points in the play. Desdemona promotes Othello’s good qualities, while Iago promotes the worst in Othello.
Othello experiences his self division in paramount through two characters who promote polarizing characteristics in Othello. Desdemona reflects Othello’s good qualities including his bravery, strength, and intelligence. Alternatively, Iago incites jealousy within Othello and watches him erupt. Iago reveals Othello’s insecurities, and prior to Iago’s interference,…

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