Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

1006 Words Jan 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout an individual’s life, they make millions of decisions. Decisions ranging from as simple as whether one should cross the street, to as complex as whether one should commit a felony, can all have major and disruptive effects on one’s life. The play Othello, by William Shakespeare, follows an honoured army general named Othello in 16th century Venice as he deals with his close personal assistant, Iago, and the lies told by Iago concerning his Wife’s loyalty. Throughout the entire play, Othello, Cassio, and Iago commit acts, big and small, which affect their lives in gigantic ways. The play Othello uses the experiences of Cassio, Iago, and Othello to display how jealousy and oversight can ruin one’s life, especially when they make decisions based on emotions. Cassio’s experiences with allowing Iago to convince him to become drunk and the aftermath that followed this mistake proves how jealousy and oversight can ruin one’s life, especially when they make decisions based on emotions. Soon after Cassio arrives in Cyprus, Cassio attends a party to celebrate the prevention of war, and runs into Iago. Iago needs Cassio to fight with Roderigo in order to fulfill his grand scheme, so Iago convinces Cassio to drink. Cassio initially begs not to, even saying he has, “very poor and unhappy brains for drinking.” (Shakespeare 2.3.33-34) Cassio eventually breaks down due to a lack of oversight and drinks. Cassio knew he could not hold his liquor, but still drank anyways because he…

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