Corruption In Othello

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Othello, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, embodies the nature of stature, nobility, deceit, heartache, and murder to create an epic tale of how one noble man’s world can crumble beneath him. As an integral part of the Venetian society, Othello, the protagonist, arose as a sophisticated, composed, and powerful leader whose stories of conquests could spawn a courtship unlike any other; a love story twisted amid Desdemona and Othello. However, through the use of a cunning antagonist, Iago, and the construction of false imagery, Othello falls in a well-conspired trap toward the smothering of his own wife to the demise of himself. By character manipulation, a plot made for revenge, and a constant theme for impeccable timing, Othello is …show more content…
By Iago initiating this deceit, Othello becomes completely exasperated. At this point, he makes a huge turn in character towards the loss of his dignity. Desdemona pleas for Othello’s believability in pronouncing, "Unkindness may do much/And his unkindness may defeat my life/ But never taint my love" (IV.II.20). Nevertheless, Othello shouts and screams at her to produce his “lost” handkerchief. Othello speaks about Desdemona in appalling ways by viewing her as “A subtle whore/A closet lock and key of villainous secrets/And yet she’ll kneel and pray; I have seen her do’t” (IV.II.21-23). In turn the plot for revenge is amidst. Othello begins to consider that he must kill his wife and her lover in attempts to preserve mankind from a woman who would commit adultery. In doing this, he plans to poison her. Iago though, stops him and suggests chocking or smothering her in bed would be better suited. Othello’s loss of control and understanding of right from wrong is implicated by the constant handling and correlation of Iago’s jealousy. Iago promised Othello to aid him in termination of Cassio from the equation. His gain was for the dismissal of his opponent, the position of lieutenant to now be his, and conclusively for Cassio’s …show more content…
Iago also cheated an individual named Roderigo, an envious suitor of Desdemona, for all his jewels, money, and trust. The use of Roderigo was to remove Cassio without Iago’s hands getting dirty. Roderigo was issued to stab Cassio to force Othello to believe that Iago had completed his part of the plan. Now in the clear, Othello returned to his room where Desdemona replaced her sheets with those of her wedding night. Othello begins by professing "It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul!/ Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars,/ It is the cause" (V.II. 340) to show he must kill her for justice, not revenge. His mind is completely brainwashed in the belief that she has betrayed him countless times. Furthermore, in discovery of Desdemona’s death, Iago’s wife Emilia shouts that she actually stole the handkerchief. With no time to spare, Othello comes the immediate realization that Desdemona’s murder was a trap created by Iago. Othello comprehends his ultimate downfall in his final speech to the Venetians, “Of one that loved not wisely, but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought, perplexed in the extreme;” (V.II.344-346). He admits that he was blinded by suspicion and the influence of others. For the injustices he made, he slaughters

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