Despite this, Othello is convinced. “Why did I marry?” Othello asks himself (3.3.248). Manipulating through a false reluctance to speak, Iago causes Othello to think “[t]his honest creature doubtless / Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds” (3.3.248-9). This is a twist on a common lying technique. The “consequences can be great” of this “trickster’s lie,” and it is used to achieve “deliberate dissent” (Furnham).
He is fully responsible for trusting Iago, instead of questioning Iago and going to Desdemona for clarification; he believes Iago without any sufficient evidence. Othello believes Iago to be a honest, reliable source instead of trusting his wife. He admits to himself that Desdemona is unfaithful by taking Iago’s word by not taking into account his wife’s honesty, someone he supposedly loves and cherishes, but instead his psyche gradually disintegrates and leads him to murdering
He is jealous of Othello, show in, “I confess it is my shame to be so fond/but it is not in my virtue to amend it” (1.3:316-317). Roderigo is desperate for Desdemona and Iago takes advantage of this and makes him do thing such as kill Cassio. Roderigo does all of Iago’s dirty work and makes his plan successful. Also, Roderigo is unintelligent and realizes too late that his “money is almost spent” (2.3:364-368). Iago makes several false promises to Roderigo and he does not expose Iago because he is desperate for love.
The tragic tone of Creon’s exclamation shows the regret that he feels for his destructive actions, and the use of the phrase ‘thoughtless thoughts’ indicates that he has realized that he has been exhibiting extreme foolishness. The fact that Creon’s stupidity led to the ‘slaying and dying’ of his loved ones, this is positive in that it ensures that the change will be lasting, and his mistakes will not be repeated. Consequences and losses help ensure that people will remedy their flawed qualities, and that the sacrifices of the people involved in rebellion are not in
Then, Othello’s jealousy leads him to smother Desdemona because she was “false with Cassio” (Shakespeare 767). After Emilia outed Iago, he pierced her with a knife, killing her. Lastly, Othello knifed himself. All of these deaths occurred because two men were desirous of things other people had. These acts exhibit the abominable effects jealousy can have on people’s
Firstly, there is the obvious answer that Macbeth himself was the cause for his downfall. However, his wife was no less innocent in the acts, she also is to blame for his destruction. Lastly, there were the witches, who gave him what he desired, which ultimately began his downfall. As stated by Eric Fromm in his book, Escape from Freedom, “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching
Ophelia suspecting the cause of Hamlet’s madness to be his love for her is a clear example of dramatic irony as it shows her not grasping what is the real reason for him acting in that way. The conversation between Ophelia with Laertes and later on Polonius in Act 2 scene 1, leaves the audience with tension as Polonius says “This is the very ecstasy of love, / Whose violent property fordoes itself / And leads the will to desperate undertakings / As oft as any passion under heaven / That does afflict our natures.” (2.1. 102-106) The audience knows that the real reason of his madness is to distract attention from his investigation of the murder by leaving everyone concerned about his mental state. Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony in this case
In the end a person’s true character is reflected upon the way they react to the results of their wrong doing. It is possible to feel pathos for Othello in spite of his actions as his mistakes are a result of manipulation and do not demonstrate his true temperament, concluding
I know not if’t be true, but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety.” Iago hears rumors of Othello possibly sleeping with his wife. As a result, Iago grows feelings of jealousy. Already being resentful of Othello for passing the promotion to Othello, this encounter increases Iago’s thoughts to ruin Othello. Iago’s jealousy of Othello possible sleeping with his wife is the spark of the motivation to ruin Othello. Attempting to destroy someone’s life because of jealousy is cruel.
Genghis Khan once said “an action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure”, thus ultimately leaving those with malicious intentions to wallow in their collapsed dreams. These wise words of advice apply to many circumstances in Othello, by William Shakespeare, where one man’s desperate thirst for revenge causes him to manipulate those around him. Iago’s heinous motives drive him to fulfill the needs of his unruly God complex. In Othello, Shakespeare characterizes Iago as astute through the use of hyperbole and metaphors. We can learn from Iago that having an air of superiority results in a distorted view of reality and can eventually lead to bitterness and hate.