Analysis Of Othello By William Shakespeare Essay

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1. Examine the role of reputation, love, jealousy, or betrayal in the play. Focus on one issue and make an original and well-supported argument

INTRO: In Othello by William Shakespeare, reputation plays a large role in the actions of many characters. Othello is a well respected general in the military, but when he starts to doubt his wife’s fidelity, he is wrought with anger. At first, he does not believe the rumors but when he sees what he thinks is proof he grows furious. He believes people would look down at him and mock him if anyone were to uncover his wife was disloyal. The thought that she was disloyal and had tarnished his name drives him into insanity. Iago similarly hears rumors that his wife had cheated on him. However, he was quick to believe them and wanted to get revenge on the man who Iago believed smeared his reputation. Fear of a tarnished reputation has a similar emotional effect on Iago and Othello, but each man deals with it differently.
P1: Both Othello and Iago are distraught at the idea of being cheated on, and decide to get revenge. Iago has heard rumors that Emilia has slept with both Othello and Cassio. However, he does to know if they are true, but he says, “I, for mere suspicion in that kind, / will do as if for surety”(I.iii. 325-326). The mere rumor is enough for Iago to become jealous and angry. He is terrified by the idea that his wife would cheat on him and destroy his honor. As a result, Iago decides to get revenge on the men who…

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