Othello’s severe distrust towards Desdemona is largely because of Iago’s attempt to convince Othello of Desdemona’s affair with Cassio. Throughout the play Othello battles between trusting his wife or trusting his seemingly loyal friend. Othello changes his perspective drastically moments before he inevitably dies. Othello starts Act V furious with Desdemona and slowly realizes how Iago misguided him so greatly. After Desdemona’s loyalty is revealed, Othello understands that Desdemona never betrayed him.
Shakespeare's Othello is set during the Renaissance period and therefore the roles of the women in Othello are supposedly bounded by the period when women are considered to be of low intellect. In Othello, most male characters assume that women are inherently promiscuous, which explains why all three women characters in the play are accused of sexual infidelity. Yet Shakespeare develops the women to speak the most sense throughout the play and able to trust other characters in the play. To the men in Othello, female sexuality is a threatening force more than it is an attractive one. Shakespeare cheapens Othello by lowering his standard with impertinent language.
All these traits that Othello exhibits lead him to be known as one of the most well-known tragic heroes in all of literature. And Iago is person who is full of hatred and jealousy towards anyone who is in a position higher than him; he can’t control his jealousy and begin doing actions which is not suitable to his position. This leads to destroy all the people whom around him even the people he
This is seen when Iago and Othello discuss the relationship of Desdemona and Cassio, “Did Michael Cassio, when you wooed my lady, Know of your love?” (Shakespeare 3.3.103). Othello responds with a sense of curiosity towards the topic of Cassio and Desdemona, this is the first sense of isolation that is hinted towards as now the topic of something Othello is not even aware of about his wife is introduced by Iago. The wedge that is put in place by Iago between Othello and Desdemona can be transferred into the idea that “Othello is that of the responsibility for Desdemona's death” (Vanita 342). The fact that Othello is a factor in isolating Desdemona, is because he now has the idea that Desdemona is unfaithful to
Next, Othello’s secret wife, Desdemona, a naive white Venetian noblewoman. Othello’s flag bearer in the war, Iago, is the main antagonist in the play. Iago’s wife, Emilia is witty and intelligent, she also is Desdemona’s attendant in Cyprus. Othello’s young lieutenant, Cassio has a close friendship with Desdemona. Next, Bianca, a prostitute who is fond of Cassio.
Othello 's race differentiates him from all other characters and makes him very self-conscious. It makes him work harder for his reputation, so he has the possibility to be regarded as equal to the white people that dominate Venice. Perhaps this is the reason for his success, but the prejudice that is being projected onto him, especially considering his marriage to Desdemona leads to a tragic outcome. Another topic that is being repeated through the play is magic. Othello is accused of using magic to woo his future wife, merely because of his racial disparity, and therefore is called a “pagan” (Shakespeare, 2016, Act 1 Scene 1).
By the end of the play Othello realizes that Desdemona is innocent, so is Cassio, but the one to blame is Iago, who has the reputation of being “full of love and honesty” in almost everyone’s eyes. So to remain that noble man the play’s protagonist tells his countryman that despite all his good deeds he has done, could not excuse him for what he has done being engulfed and misled by jealousy which Iago fired, so he wants to be remembered as honorable man: I have done the state some service, and they know 't. No more of that. I pray you, in your letters, When you shall these
Regardless of the lack of trust from Othello, Desdemona did deceive her father prior to the situation. She went against her father’s will and chose to marry the Moor, Othello. The trust bond shared between Othello and Desdemona had been broken due to the lies that were being fed to him which ultimately led to the death of both their lives. In Shakespeare’s Othello, a wedding based on a lie,
This is revealed in Act 1 Scene 2. Early on in the scene of the play, Shakespeare seems to show a self-confident Othello, especially after his speech to Barbantio and the Senators in Act 1 Scene 3 when he explains that he is a descendant of a royal line of kings. While this is necessary for him to be ‘great’ - to have tragic stature, it also suggests his unquestioning belief in his abilities. Othello’s hamartia could be his implicit trust in his own worth or even more in Iago, whom he believes so wholeheartedly and never suspects would ever betray him or perhaps. Othello’s hamartia could also be seen as his jealousy, which grows increasingly when he see Cassio and Desdemona together, but it is initially his trust which allows Iago to manipulate him into thinking that Desdemona is betraying him by being unfaithful with Cassio and by reminding him constantly that he is an outsider.