Othello Deceptive Analysis

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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 …show more content…
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 Desdemona’s relationship and puts it at stake. Othello’s suspicion continues to grow and ultimately leads to the demise of their relationship. Holden, from Catcher in the Rye, decides to see his teacher Mr. Spencer before he leaves Pencey Preparatory, as he’s facing expulsion (4; ch. 2). Spencer offers Holden no …show more content…
Emilia is Desdemona’s closest friend but places her love for Iago above their friendship. This handkerchief is the root of the trouble, providing solid evidence (that Desdemona is cheating on Othello) for Othello that leads him to kill his wife. If Emilia hadn’t betrayed Desdemona, their (Othello and Desdemona’s) relationship wouldn’t have been affected. This supports Iago’s betrayal to Othello, tying in perfectly and provides the evidence that Othello needs to suspect his wife. Stradlater asks Holden to write a narrative piece for him to hand in. Stradlater criticized Holden’s narrative and Holden feeling annoyed, ripped it up. Holden expected Stradlater to be grateful for completing his narrative for him, instead Stradlater betrayed him and expressed annoyance at Holden’s choice of topic. Holden was betrayed by Stradlater, his companion – a figure that should have provided him with hope, but motivated Holden to leave Pencey earlier. Spencer initially left Holden feeling miserable and Stradlater added to that. Desdemona was betrayed by Emilia who didn’t return her handkerchief and Holden by Stradlater. This was the beginning of all the trouble – Holden’s drunken escapades, depressed ponderings, Othello’s suspicion and irrational

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