Appearance Vs Reality : Othello And Iago Essay

1327 Words May 31st, 2016 6 Pages
Essentially, there is usually more to an individual than humans can physically see. Often people appear to portray certain character traits, but in reality use them as a way to conceal their true inner being. The theme of appearance versus reality plays a huge role in the play Othello. The protagonist, Othello, often renders characteristics that cause him to masquerade himself to be seen as a noble being. In Shakespearian literature, William Shakespeare tends to compose characters that eventually become involved in villainous behavior. In this specific scenario, Othello and Iago are a prime example. Othello and Iago exemplify the theme of appearance versus reality through the lessons communicated to the audience warning to not gullibly believe everything heard or observed, not lose sight of peoples true manipulative intentions when too must trust is present and beware of self-doubt.

In numerous ways, the play Othello teaches the reader that a truth can be false therefore teaching a lesson to not gullibly deem what is heard or observed. Due to Othello’s gullible nature, Iago persuades him to believe his wife Desdemona has been unfaithful with his own lieutenant, Cassio. It is distinctly proved that Iago is providing Othello with false information when he says “The Moor already changes with my poison./Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons/Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,/But with a little act upon the blood” (3.3.300). It is obvious Iago is…

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