Essay on Loyalty vs Friendship

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Loyalty and Friendship in Othello

The play Othello, written by William Shakespeare is a play that takes place on the streets of Venice. Othello is a highly esteemed general in the service of Venice. Iago is Othello's ambitious friend. Othello promotes the Michael Cassio to the position of personal lieutenant and Iago is deadly jealous. Iago begins an evil and malicious campaign against the hero. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Iago starts to plot against them. Othello becomes jealous and suspicious of Desdemona. He confides in Iago that he plans to poison Desdemona. Plots and murders ensue, Iago wants Roderigo to kill Cassio, of course he agrees to it because he thinks that he and Desdemona will have a chance. The theme of loyalty and
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The jewels you have had from me to deliver Desdemona would half have corrupted a votaress. You have told me she hath received them, and returned me expectations and comforts of sudden respect and acquaintance, but I would find none” (IIII, II, 216-22). This shows that Iago intentions were never true and that he was just using Roderigo. This also shows that Iago was unloyal to him.
Desdemona was the daughter of Brabantio. Desdemona felt deeply attracted to othello. Brabantio felt hurt when he found out that Desdemona went to go elope with Othello and he had no notice of this. Brabantio doesn't like the fact that she went off with the moor, in fact he thinks that its outrageous. Even though Othello and Brabantio were close at one point, their relationship seems to be rocky now. In the text it states that, “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. she has deceived her father, and may thee” ( I, III, 334-335). Brabantio is saying that if Desdemona has felt the need to deceived him and not conclude him in this conquest, she may as well do the same to the moor. Brabantio feels as though Desdemona was not loyal to him and that she left him on his own.
With all the commotion that has been going on with Desdemona, Othello, Iago, and Cassio, its the most absurd to say that Desdemona was messing around with Cassio. With the constant bugs being put into his ear, Othello had no choice but to take what was said to heart and believe everything. He doubted the loyalty…

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