Deception In Othello

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Many have credited William Shakespeare 's plays as being the greatest of all time, and The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is no exception. Each reading of Othello yields new revelations and demonstrates the intricacies of Shakespeare‘s work. The play’s protagonist, Othello, can be seen as being overly trusting of Iago, however, this is not the case. Iago deceives many characters, not just Othello. Moreover, Othello’s actions are based on seemingly physical evidence, giving him good reason to act as he does. Indeed, Othello has no reason to distrust Iago, his loyal ensign. Throughout the play, the majority of the characters are deceived by Iago, believing him to be honest and trustworthy. Whilst speaking with Emilia, Desdemona refers to Iago as “an honest fellow” (Shakespeare, 3.3.5). Similarly, after Cassio hears Iago’s advice to seek out Othello and beg for forgiveness, he bids a “good night [to] honest Iago” (Shakespeare, 2.3.313), who is none other than the man that diminishes his reputation and causes him to lose his title. Cassio not only does not see who causes him this strife but thanks him for it and bids him a good night. Additionally, Iago is able to completely change Lodovico 's opinion of Othello in four short words. Lodovico witnesses Othello hit Desdemona, and all Iago needs to say is that “[Othello] is much chang’d” (Shakespeare, 4.1.266). With these few words, Lodovico is completely swayed, and immediately believes Iago’s assertion that Othello is
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