Character Analysis: The Gullible Othello
Othello, the Moor of Venice, is a tragedy written by Shakespeare. Othello and his wife Desdemona are deeply in love despite her racist father’s disapproval of him. Othello, a general in Venice’s army, offered Cassio the job as lieutenant over another man named Iago. Iago thinks he should have gotten the position and heard rumors that Othello has slept with his wife named Emilia. Iago is extremely jealous of Othello and Cassio, so he wants revenge on them. He wants to split up Othello’s marriage as well as kill Cassio. Iago manipulates Othello so he trusts Iago more than his own wife, and Othello eventually betrays Desdemona. In the end, most of the characters die, including Othello. Although Iago is the villain in the story, Othello has a tragic flaw that leads to some terrible outcomes. Othello’s tragic flaw is that he has poor judgement, he is unsure about who is honest and loyal to him thus leading him to make bad decisions.
Othello makes the faulty choice of trusting Iago and often refers to him as “Honest Iago,” which is ironic because Iago is the one plotting against …show more content…
John Moore, a Denver Post theater critic, agrees that Othello trusts Iago too much and writes, “We all have a string-puller. Othello 's is a viper at his side named Iago...He serves, in effect, as evil personified, and leads Othello down a dark path,”(1). Moore is saying that Iago manipulates Othello, and he pulls him down a dark path. Othello could have prevented all of the tragedies if he would have questioned Iago’s motives more than he did. As Kevin De Ornellas explains strongly, “Othello was an egotist who was broken with pathetic ease by Iago 's deceitful tongue,” (1). De Ornellas is expressing that Othello is pathetic for following Iago, and Othello is easy to lead. Othello being easily pulled down a dark path further proves his tragic flaw of being