Othello Appearance Vs Reality Analysis

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Not everything is what it seems There are many different themes and conflicts that are portrayed in Shakespeare 's play Othello. Shakespeare depicts jealousy, manipulation, and hate within all the characters. The most reoccurring one would have to be appearance versus reality." The characters deceive one another into creating a complete deception of reality. In Othello, "Appearance vs. Reality takes a big role, this is because all of the characters were tricked/manipulated by other characters leading them towards assumptions that were not true. Appearance and reality are two completely different things that can lead into very different outcomes and sometimes the outcomes are to not the greatest. "Appearance versus reality opens the mind …show more content…
Sightless by his love for Desdemona, he goes out and seeks advice from Iago. Roderigo was prepared to do anything to win her heart over. His vulnerability is what makes him such a easy target to manipulate, and it does not take much on Iago 's part to do so. Iago starts his manipulation at this point by giving Roderigo a taste of false hope. This represents appearance being used falsely because Iago encourages Roderigo to misinterpret what he sees. "But seeming so, for my peculiar end. When my outward action doth demonstrate the native act and figure of my heart In complement extern, tis not long after but I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at. I am not what I am" (Act 1, Scene 1, p. 60-4). In that statement, Iago is telling Roderigo another infamous lie. Iago promises Roderigo that he could help with take Desdemona away from Othello. Roderigo takes Iago 's offer and begins to pay him in order to separate Desdemona from Othello, but it back fires because they end up getting married. Based on false reality, Roderigo realizes that Iago used him and took advantage of him. Roderigo 's weakness took the best of him and he feel into the …show more content…
Iago, carefully puts together a very well thought out plan in order to manipulate the characters judgement. Iago uses appearance versus reality in order to obtain revenge on Othello. Iago undermines the character Othello, leading him to believe that his wife, Desdemona, was having an affair. Othello 's judgement is clouded by the false reality that was placed into his mind, and begins to doubt Desdemona under the wrong impressions. Iago continues the manipulation further when Othello, begins to doubt the things he loves, "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!nIt is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on" (Act 3, scene 3, p.165-7). This leads the the tragic death of his wife Desdemona. This is a representation of appearance versus reality because the reality of the situation is that Desdemona was not in fact having an affair while Iago is made it appear as if she was and because of his evil and false claims a life was selfishly

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