Compare And Contrast Iago And Othello

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In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, two main characters, Othello and Iago have completely different emotions throughout the play, yet both end up following a very similar route, and end up in the same place, dead. Many things will be shown, but one main trait from both Iago and Othello will be highlighted and connected to how both characters end up the same way, with the same feeling in the end. (1) Othello’s vulnerability, and (2) Iago’s jealous behavior that leads to mischief are extremely different emotions, but the two characters end up in the same place (3) making decisions that seem irrational to everyone around them such as sparking their killing instinct. Firstly, Othello was vulnerable to be attacked almost the entire book, and it will be proven that this is one of Othello’s strongest traits. First off, right in the beginning of the book Iago points out that Othello is venerable by saying, “The Moor is of a free and open nature, that thinks men are honest that only seem to be so; And will as tenderly be led by the nose As asses are.”(Othello, Act 1 Scene 3 Line 336) Essentially what Iago is saying here is that Othello, or the Moor is always presuming that people are honest, and good people allowing him to be deceived and led falsely. The second example of Othello being vulnerable is his vulnerability to love. Towards the end of the book Othello says, “I think my wife is honest, and think she is not; I think that you are just, and think you are not. I

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