The Importance Of Decisions In William Shakespeare's Othello

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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 …show more content…
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 let his guard down. Cassio failed to notice Iago’s motives behind his pleas, and instead only thought of his current situation, which was a mistake. Because of this, Cassio’s life soon went downhill, leading to his eventual death. After losing his lieutenancy, Cassio begs to Desdemona to get his position back, which is also part of Iago’s plan. After showing Othello, Cassio and Desdemona together, Iago tells Othello, “I cannot think it, That he would steal away so guilty-like, Seeing you coming.” (Shakespeare 3.3.38-40) Iago tells Othello that he questions Desdemona’s legitimacy which is the reason for all of Cassio’s problems afterwards, all because he made a mistake and started to drink. Iago’s life is also ruined because of mistakes made because of …show more content…
Cassio’ life is ruined because he made the mistake of allowing himself to become drunk. Iago’s life is ruined because he allowed jealousy to overwhelm him and control his life. Othello’s life is ruined because his emotions permitted him to believe everything Iago said about his wife, even without any real evidence. These character’s lives were all permanently changed because did not have control over how they felt or how their emotions affect them. Othello, By William Shakespeare, should be taken as a cautionary tale of how deadly emotions can be when one does not have control over them. Everyday, people succumb to emotions and allow themselves to make decisions without thoroughly thinking through their options. If people allowed reason to overrule their emotions, the world would have less tragedy and the quality of life would be better for everyone on

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