Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1078 Words Nov 10th, 2015 5 Pages
A person’s reputation can easily be tarnished and does not reflect an individual’s character; it is awarded to those who do not deserve it and is taken without reason. In Shakespeare 's play Othello, Iago is jealous because he was passed over for a promotion, and instead, Cassio is promoted. Iago comes up with a plan to bring down Othello and to do so, he strikes where Othello is most vulnerable—his insecurities. Othello is not only newly married and in love, but with the help of Iago, he becomes jealous and loses his faith in Desdemona. Iago plants false evidence and lies to make it seem as if Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. Iago easily succeeds because of his “trustworthy” reputation. Maddened by jealousy and to protect his honor, he orders Iago to murder Cassio and then strangles Desdemona. Immediately after, her innocence is revealed, and Iago’s duplicitous ways are exposed. In a fit of grief and remorse because of his lost reputation, Othello kills himself. Shakespeare’s play demonstrates that a person’s reputation is their most valuable asset.

Othello 's reputation plays a big role in this play and the outcome of it. A Christian Moor and general of the armies of Venice, Othello is an eloquent and physically powerful figure, respected by all those around him. However, his reputation causes Desdemona 's death. After hearing from the duplicitous Iago that Desdemona is supposedly cheating on him with Cassio, Othello becomes so angry and livid that he wants…

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