Insecurity In Othello Essay

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In the play Othello, by Shakespeare, Othello does not investigate Iago’s accusations of Desdemona. Othello has known Iago longer then Desdemona, in which it can be assumed that Othello has a great trust in Iago over his wife. This trust could be the devastation of Othello believing Iago word over his wife Desdemona when accused of being unfaithful with Cassio. Iago always shows Othello his trust by making Othello believe that he is there for him. Iago does not only play with Othello’s mind by talking to him and lying to him, but Iago also play’s with other’s characters minds too. Iago is always trying to gain Othello trust so that he seems to be there for him giving Othello the sense of being “best friends”. Iago’s conversations with Othello …show more content…
Being a person of color, a military leader in a setting of the politically reputation, and falling in love with Desdemona a woman who is of an elite status all help to contribute to Othello 's feelings of insecurity about who he is and whether or not he "belongs" in such a place. The idea that one can fully overcome their outsider status with good works and deeds is put on its head in this setting. Othello 's insecurity is where Iago strikes in such a social mean. It works well because Othello 's incapability to control in his own self- doubt and continuous insecurity in both political and emotional realms is what leads him down the path of personal and political destruction. In the play, Othello describes himself as "one who loved not wisely, but too well". His passion for Desdemona is clearly tied up in his own sense of self-worth, in a way that is dangerous to his wife. Othello kills her has a desire to repair his own honor and self-image but for pure impulse and of pure rage. Othello has massive flaws in his character. His willingness to accept Iago’s very little evidence. Shows how Othello is inclined to jealousy and is hugely mistrusting. When Iago cleverly asks questions about the honesty of his officer Cassio, the rational response would be for Othello to ignore the accusations and directly investigate any situation brought to the table by his adviser. Instead Othello, enraged by the false ideas, is willing to accept …show more content…
This was brought on by simple persuasion by the character Iago. Even though Iago used extreme manipulation to get Othello to be jealous, Iago did not really have to try very hard to get Othello in a jealous state of mind. Othello was blinded by his jealousy which led him down a path of constant questioning of his wife and his friend/officer, Cassio. Throughout the play we see Othello sink deeper and deeper into a cloud of doubt which eventually leads him to kill not only his wife but also himself. So it can be said that Othello 's jealousy and inability to see past it remains the reason for his downfall. Othello 's other tragic flaw was loss of faith in life, and not jealousy. Othello was clearly not a jealous man, as evidenced by the difficulty Iago had in convincing him of Desdemona 's unfaithfulness - something Othello would never have dreamed of. The tragedy was that he allowed lies to undermine his faith in life - his entire world view. In doing so, he destroyed that which he loved

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