Blindness And Occeptness In Shakespeare's Othello

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While trusting the words of others can be an extremely important aspect needed in every good relationship, it is important to know the true intentions of a person before trusting them with blind faith. William Shakespeare uses his play Othello to exposes the reality of blindly trusting the words of another. Throughout the poem Othello it is apparent that the character Othello is quite naïve to the true intention of those around him causing him to obliviously take their words as truth at his own expense. One question that is in the back of the mind of most who read or have read the play Othello is why doesn’t Othello search for actual proof or truly confront Desdemona about the things Iago has told him. The reason that Othello doesn’t search …show more content…
Iago makes it one of his goals to have manipulated Othello into thinking he doesn’t need any proof aside from what Iago says about the accusations of Desdemona’s infidelity. Just as Iago had planned Othello starts to trust and confide in Iago as a close friend unknowing that the things Iago tells him are false, the proof that Iago truly has Othello metaphorically eating out of the palm of his hand is when Othello begins to put Iago on a pedestal and says, “This fellow 's of exceeding honesty, / And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, / Of human dealings" (III.iii.258-260) While Iago may have, at a time been honest, Othello shouldn’t have trusted him so blindly and let Iago’s word deter him from questioning the accusations of Desdemona’s …show more content…
The fact that Desdemona remains clueless throughout the quickly spreading rumors of her alleged affair make her oblivious that her of her praise of Cassio is taken by Othello as proof of their affair. Othello also thinks that he has found proof of the affair when Desdemona looses the handkerchief that Othello had given to her as a token of his love and fidelity. Despite his search of actual proof Othello takes the misunderstood events such as Desdemona loosing the handkerchief, and her praise of Cassio, to confirm his suspicions of their affair and unknowingly provide him with false

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