Essay about The Moor Of Venice By William Shakespeare

1338 Words Apr 1st, 2016 6 Pages
A plethora of people value trust over many other qualities in a relationship, but that confidence can be easily broken. Human beings have a tendency to believe lies more often than they actually accept the truth. Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” As seen in Othello: The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, Iago’s lies spread throughout Othello’s world, and it is too late for the truth to overcome the deception. The build up of fabrications result in Othello deciding to believe Iago over his own wife because of his insecurities about his race, lack of information about Venice, and Iago’s ability to manipulate situations to his advantage. Othello’s race is mentioned throughout the entirety of the play, which contributes to his own self loathing and makes him more susceptible to Iago’s influence. Othello is referenced as the Moor during the first and second act of the play, which establishes that he is seen as his race and not just as a person. The first time Othello is mentioned is when Iago calls him “His Moorship” (Shakespeare 1.1. -35). Shakespeare instantly has the characters call Othello the Moor. The way the other characters perceive him arises self doubt in Othello, and in turn, it causes him to trust Iago. When Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, starts the kerfuffle over his daughter’s marriage to Othello, he is completely flummoxed as to why his daughter would marry someone of another race.…

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