Appearance Vs. Reality In Shakespeare's Othello

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William Shakespeare’s playwright Othello, has a theme of “appearance vs reality. The playwright is based on two characters. Iago, a man none for his honesty and reliability. Othello refers to him many times throughout the story as “honest Iago”. Othello, a moor, who is a general in the defense forces of the city state of Venice. He is know for his courage in a battle and good judgement. Othello is married to Desdemona, daughter of Brabantio. These two characters are completely opposite, but, Iago has such a persuasive attitude that the things he says and does affects the way Othello thinks. In Othello, Shakespeare gives a different view of reality in a many ways. He uses his words to refer to dreams and visions. Iago puts Othello in many …show more content…
He is known as a kind, hard working man, a man ready for the battlefield. The love for his wife really brings out his true character. In Act 3, Scene 3 he tells Iago how he had rather not known about his wife’s affair and how Iago better have proof he can see or he didn't want to see his rage. In Act 5, Scene 1 Othello let all of Iago’s manipulations get the best of him. Othello killed his wife because of the many lies Iago told. In Act 5, Scene 2 Emilia, Iago’s wife, tells Othello that Iago has been deceiving him the whole time. Othello became the character who was very easy manipulated even though he was head of the battlefield. He was overpowered by love and him killing his wife really showed …show more content…
With Othello being so innocent, easy going, very trusting, and naive. Iago was able to play with Othello’s mind throughout the entire play. He included everyone in his sabotages and leads them to believe he is actually doing everyone favors, when he is actually backstabbing them and making things worst for everyone. Shakespeare uses many literary devices to tie the theme together. He uses symbolism with the handkerchief given to Desdemona. When Iago gets it he is able to really play with Othello’s mind. Shakespeare also uses conflict, now that Othello believes his wife is having an affair with Cassio he is furious and wants them both dead. That changes his character because he is supposed to be loving and his wife is supposed to be his everything. The last literary device he used is euphemism when Othello wanted to kill Cassio. Iago tells him he will be his “undertaker”. Shakespeare made it where Iago was the leader and creates an appearance that tricks the reader into seeing something different than the

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