Therefore, without the increase in Iago’s reputation and the trust others have in him, Iago wouldn’t have been able to accomplish his plan of bringing Othello to believe Desdemona is sleeping with Cassio which would’ve changed how Othello reacts. This would’ve made Iago unsuccessful, making his opportunity to deceive others
However, Iago is not the only one that is to take all the blame. Othello’s naive nature hindered him from seeking the truth of Desdemona and Cassio and finding out Iago had been lying the whole time. Iago may have been the cause of rumors, however Othello’s own doing ultimately caused him to suffer the consequences due to the fact that he did not communicate with his wife. He let a envious person control every aspect of his perception of his wife. He let a piece of fabric be the defining factor of whether or not his wife was faithful to him.
Even after all the change they had gone throuhg, when he is about to kill her, the audience sees hints of what they used to have because it is the first time they are talking with the connection that they had. It is in this short episode before her death where it is shown that Desdemona truly knew who Othello was and that Othello just wants the best for Desdemona. “Some bloody passion shakes your very frame,” (V,ii. 53), Desdemona says this to Othello, which shows that she knew that there was something wrong with him and that it was his passion that ate him up. We see that he loves her and wants the best for her because he insists that she pray before he kills her because “[Othello] would not kill thy unprepared spirit,” (V,ii.
This starts to make Othello truly believe what Iago said was true and that his wife is cheating on him. After Othello’s conversation with Iago Desdemona comes to call Othello for dinner but finds him felling unwell so she offer him her handkerchief but he finds it “too small” (3.3.291) and lets it fall to the floor. Both Desdemona and Othello go to dinner and Emilia, Iago’s wife picks it off the ground
Othello is presented as a respectful and honorable prince loved by all, but unexpectedly he grows an enemy, Iago. Iago vows to get vengeance on Othello because Othello made Cassio his lieutenant instead of Iago. Iago then takes control of fate in the play as he diabolically invents a plan to manipulate Othello into believing that Desdeomona was having an affair with Cassio. Furthermore, Othello’s tragic flaw was that he was gullible, therefore eventhough Othello was infatuated with Desdemona he chose to believe in Iago’s lies about Desdemona’s “affair”. For example, throughout the entire play, Othello committed irrational actions voluntarily because he was overtaken by jealousy that Iago developed with lies.
To Othello, Iago is more reputable now causing Iago is, at this point, reputable, meaning Othello will to believe anything that Iago says even if it is a lie. Iago’s psychopathic manipulations of Cassio then ultimately cause his downfall once Othello discovers that Iago has been dishonest, his punishment of torture and imprisonment at the end of the play is his downfall. Iago’s Throughout the play, since Iago is trustworthy to Othello, Iago plants seeds of jealousy in Othello’s mind. In Act Five, scene two, Othello shows the audience how he believes that Iago is “most honest” (Shakespeare 1302). After he kills Desdemona, Othello explains his reasoning to Iago’s wife, Emilia, justifying that “Cassio did top her, ask thy husband else” (Shakespeare 1360), meaning that he killed his wife because according to Iago, Cassio and
He targets the fact that Desdemona had been hiding Othello from her father, so she is skilled in deceiving others. He implies that because she did this once, she is liable to do it again. He says to Othello, “She did deceive her father, marrying you; And when she seem'd to shake and fear your looks, She loved them most” (Shakespeare, III, iii, 206-207). This accentuates Desdemona’s devious and possibly duplicitous nature. Iago says this as if he’s trying to simply warn Othello, but this puts the idea in Othello’s head that his wife is not completely innocent to deception.
Because Othello was in denial about the true colors of betrayal it caused him to lose everything. He did not understand the concept of figuring out things himself instead of listening to other people. Iago’s envy of Cassio ran so much deeper than just wanting his position he almost has the man killed. Also, Iago wanted to the center of Othello’s life, one reason he taunted his marriage. Shakespeare demonstrated how the traits of jealousy can suck us into doing the unthinkable, when we lack attention from
Othello believes Iago to be as evil as the devil, expecting to see hoofs of a goat, symbolic of the devil, when he looks at Iago’s feet. This devil imagery is used to emphasize Iago’s evil nature. With his plan to destroy Othello being revealed to the other characters, he is now seen as an incarnation of the devil, because of the tremendous amount of pain Iago caused Othello, having purposefully orchestrated it for his own self interest. Thus, by taking