Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1298 Words Apr 4th, 2016 6 Pages
In any story, a lot of truth can be held within the first phrase alone. There is a lot of deception and betrayal in Shakespeare’s Othello, but there is also a lot of truth and loyalty. In the play, the character Iago states, “I am not what I am.” This quote is central to the play, because it shows that even the most trustworthy person, such as Iago, has a dark side. Iago uses his deceptiveness and persuasive abilities to ruin the lives of the people he claims to be close to.

Iago is known to be an honest man, but in fact he is a brilliant liar. He gives off the appearance of being a trustworthy man, but this is simply a trap that he sets up to manipulate others. He is even self-aware about his manipulativeness, and plays on dramatic irony by describing his own actions indirectly. He claims, “ Virtue? A fig! Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.Our bodies are our gardens, to the which are walls are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettle or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many , either to have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry, why the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.” ( I,iii, 361-368).

This quote is ironic, because Iago is metaphorically describing his own manipulative actions The “gardener” connects with Iago, because Iago appears to be helpful but is in reality just destroying the lives of the people around him. Because of Iago, most of the characters…

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