Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1210 Words Jan 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Many of William Shakespeare’s tragedies portray characters that bring misfortune upon themselves due to a tragic flaw. Shakespeare’s Othello explores the critical weakness of trust in different characters and how the erroneous villain, Iago uses this trait in order to cause their demise. Othello bestows confidence on Iago and mistrusts those most loyal to him. Emilia is also a victim of placing trust in Iago, where she fulfills all his duties; in return he is able to manipulate her for his own schemes. Roderigo’s imprudent trusting nature allows himself to be deceived and used by Iago repeatedly for Iago’s motives. Throughout the play Othello, Iago’s exceptional understanding of human characteristics, specifically trust allows him to manipulate these characters thus leading to their downfall.
Shakespeare’s characterization of Iago shows that his ingenious knowledge of human traits allows him to commit acts of exploitation. Iago especially employs this skill in order to seek revenge on Othello because he was passed for a military position. He was easily able to manipulate Othello into questioning Desdemona’s faithfulness by taking advantage of Brabantio’s warning, “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father, and may thee.” (I.iii.294-295). Iago uses this phrase in order to help implant the idea of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona. This demonstrates how Othello accounts for other’s judgments to formulate his own opinion. During most of the…

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