Cooperation In Othello

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“Cooperation evolves, not because it’s “nice” but because it confers a survival advantage.” With this statement Joshua Greene, the author of “Moral Tribes”, speaks about how we as humans work together towards a common interest not because it’s pleasant, but because it’s the only way to get ahead. The way we deal with our problems and interact with others is heavily influenced by our morality. Our morality helps us decide how much trust to put into others and how we can help those around us. Morality is our personal distinction between right and wrong and it is unique to every individual. But there are problems; “In the modern tragedy, the very same moral thinking that enables cooperation within groups undermines cooperation between groups”. …show more content…
The Bad morals of Iago are enough to corrupt even someone like Othello, all Iago needs to do is to find something that Othello believes in and make him question it. Iago believes that Othello has “leaped into [his] seat” (2,1,300) and wants revenge for supposedly sleeping with his wife. And through his hate he vows to destroy Othello and Desdemona’s love. By successfully convincing Othello that Desdemona is cheating, Iago has begun to change Othello and everything he stands for. In Othello’s mind now, he and Iago share a collective interest in catching Desdemona cheating. Othello has a personal interest in seeing if his love is true and Iago has a personal interest of wanting to destroy Othello and all he lives for. Othello’s flaw is he is of a “free and open nature that thinks men honest that but seem to be so” (1,3,401). And Iago knows that “One’s sense of fairness is easily tainted by self-interest”. So as a result of this, now Othello is faced with a problem and he begins to put Iago’s word above that of his own wife. Iago has changed Othello and his morals. Now Othello’s balance of good and bad is gone, he is thinking solely about himself and what would make this pain and jealousy go

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