Truth in Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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In Othello, Iago uses his fine reputation as an “honest man” and Othello’s insecurities to manipulate him and carry out his master plan of destroying Cassio, Othello, and Desdemona. Iago’s insight towards the other characters’ weaknesses enables him to let them know exactly what they want to hear, which helps him gain their trust. He plays upon the insecurities of others to maneuver them into carrying out the actions he needs done in order to fulfill his own desires. In looking at Othello, we will consider the Othello’s blind acceptance of “the truth” as it is presented to him and find that when we blindly take another’s “truth” and accept it as our own, we merely become tools utilized by the person who gave us that supposed truth and give …show more content…
Iago doesn’t fail to give Othello reasons to why Desdemona might cheat on him. He says: But pardon me, I do not in position Distinctly speak of her, though I may fear
Her will, recoiling to her better judgment,
May fall to match you with her country forms
And happily repent. (3.3. 234-238)
Iago doesn’t pass up the chance to get Othello where he is most vulnerable. Othello is aware that he is a black man and although he appears confident with himself, it is inevitable to feel a sense of insecurity when one is different from those surrounding us. Iago considers this and feeds Othello’s insecurities by suggesting that he is unworthy of Desdemona and that she might retreat to her “better judgment” and choose a white man. Iago himself is advocating Othello’s inferiority based on the color of his skin. He explains that one of his “fears” is that Desdemona might realize that she has made a mistake and leave Othello for a white man, which gives this statement a tone of compassion and makes Iago seem as though he truly cares about Othello’s feelings. Iago is coming off as a sympathetic character, but at the same time he slyly entwines parts of his conspiracy into these “loving” words. Iago uses his extreme knowledge of Othello’s deep insecurities to

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