Sacrifice In Shakespeare's Othello

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Often times in tragedies, the main character unknowingly contributes to their own downfall.
This is due to an array of factors about themselves: personality traits, tendencies, beliefs, or actions. Othello, by William Shakespeare, is a perfect example of how one 's lack of judgement and gullibility as well as insecurity can lead to a disastrous result. From the very beginning of the play, Othello’s naivety is questioned by those around him.
When he admits to Brabantio that he slept with his daughter, saying “I must be found / My parts, my title, and my perfect soul / Shall manifest me rightly,” the reader can see that he was raised in a culture that held honesty to a high standard, as he said he needed to tell him to keep his
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of a free and open nature / that thinks men honest that but seem to be so / and will as tenderly be led by the nose / as asses are” (1.3.400-403). P.K. Jain notes that Othello 's “... Mind and heart remain much simple and unsuspecting… He is a man of true and noble character” (Jain). It is well known to those who know him as well as the reader that Othello is much too trusting of others and expects them to be as noble and honest as he is. Othello specifically puts too much trust in Iago many times throughout the play. He chooses
Iago to appoint to the position of an officer because he thinks that “A man he is of honesty and trust,” which is ironic, since he is the opposite of that (1.3.287). After Montano and Cassie
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He does not investigate himself the allegations made by Iago. Instead he asks him to prove it. Thereby he gave him ample opportunity to conspire… He is not confident about himself and barely can be confident about Desdemona. This fear prevents him from thinking fairly of Desdemona’s faithlessness (Anand, 8). The fact that Othello was not confident enough in himself of in Desdemona and instead turned to Iago for everything was a major reason that the play ended the way that it did. Othello 's lack of proper judgement leads to his reaction at the sight of the handkerchief in
Cassio’s possession. He assumes that because Cassio has it, he and Desdemona slept together and immediately begins to question them. He fails to realize that Cassio and Desdemona have been framed until after he kills Desdemona because if not “... she 'll betray more men. Put out the light…” (5.2.6-7). It is only at the very ending of the play that Othello is told by Emilia of the truth, when she says “O thou dull Moor! / That handkerchief thou speak’st of / I found by fortune and did give my husband…” (5.2.232-234). He is taken so much by surprise that he was

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