Othello Essay

1444 Words Aug 20th, 2015 6 Pages

Stefanie Hayward
Ms. Estabrooks
May 11, 2015
Betrayal is one of the significant themes in the book Othello. Betrayal is the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations. Iago shows this betrayal in the book to many different characters. He shows this by being manipulative in making Othello believe that his wife is cheating on him, he’s a mastermind by being able to think of certain situations that would convince Othello that it was true and cunning by achieving his ultimate goal in making Othello believe his lies.
The theme betrayal all
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And nothing can or shall content my soul Till I am even’d with him, wife for wife;
Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor
At least into jealousy so strong That judgement cannot cure.
His first attempt at destroying their marriage was getting Rodergio, who was easy to manipulate because he is in love with Desdemona, to wake up her father Brabantio a Senator of Venice and yell at his window that his daughter has gotten eloped to an African horse and he is letting him climb all over his daughter. By telling him about the marriage in such a vulgar way it made him furious about it and was off to find his daughter and the Moor to get to the bottom of it. Barbantio thinks that Othello has used some kind of black magic on her to marry her because he knows that his daughter would never marry some black thing. Othello insists that he didn’t use anything and that he is going to meet with the Duke right away and that he should come with him to present his case to the Duke. At this meeting his daughter appeared and said that she was under no spell and was in love with Othello on her own. Since that plan did not end up working for Iago once he seen Cassio talking to Desdemona and taking her hand his new plan was to assure Othello they were sleeping together behind his back. Iago informed Rodergio that this affair was happening and what they had to do was to get Cassio angry somehow so he would lose his

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