Othello, By J. D. Salinger And Othello By William Shakespeare

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Deception “O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked,” stated T.S. Eliot a renowned American poet and playwright. This quote is the basis for several inferences, the main one being that people are deceptive and often have malicious intentions. This inference is quite realistic too as illustrated through two texts: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and Othello by William Shakespeare. A common theme that prevails in both books is that several characters are manipulative and affect the protagonist in negative ways. These deceptive people are often closely affiliated with the main character – as a friend, advisor and a parental figure. The lesson, learned by the end of the book, is that even the sincerest people can be deceptive. Firstly, there are countless examples throughout Othello that indicate Iago’s betrayal to Othello. Iago questions Othello about Cassio’s nature (III. ii.). Othello grows vary of Desdemona’s character. Iago plants seeds of hatred in Othello’s heart for Desdemona. This leads to his impulsive actions. Othello refers to Iago as ‘honest’ countless times throughout the play and trusts Iago. Othello thinks Iago has good intentions and trusts him unaware of his malicious nature. However Iago does nothing but betray Othello just to seek vengeance for making him the Ancient, even though Othello did it good-naturedly. This is an obstruction in Othello and…

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