Whoever said a “little white lie would never hurt anyone” was completely wrong. Written within the plays of “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller; and “Othello” by William Shakespeare, we see the effects of lying and deceit. A lie is powerful and damaging. A lie can destroy a reputation, can destroy a marriage, can destroy a town, it destroys lives. We witness the snowballing effect that lies and deceit produce.
Shakespeare’s Othello begins with Iago, who is disgruntled because the rank of lieutenant was given to Michael Cassio rather than to himself, already causing trouble for those in Venice by screaming out claims of Othello’s wrongdoings. The operations of Iago are what carry the plot of Othello forward and are what lead many to the fallacy of Iago being the lead. The actual lead Othello follows the inherent traits of mankind creating decisions based on morality, but Iago is unyielding to moral judgment and intends to complete his agenda no matter the repercussions. Iago wishes to take revenge on Othello and Cassio for stripping him of the position that he believes that he had earned. However, Iago does not desire the revenge he carries out to be swift, but rather in a long meticulous fashion in order to enjoy the suffering of his adversaries to the fullest.
As humans we all have been where rumors have been spread about us or where we do the opposite. They, however, all tend to do some harm to us and it can cause certain conflicts to occur during the process. Death can be the outcome of something like this because this did happen to three innocent people. They were all wrapped up in a bed of lies that ended their lives sooner than expected. Thesis statement: Othello Desdemona and Emilia ended up with unfortunate deaths because of Othello 's integrity towards Iago.
The Sociopathy of Othello’s Iago Luke Wakumoto (1.) One of the more common and well known traits of sociopathy is being a superficial Charmer. That is, someone who tends to be smooth and charming to get what they want. Iago uses this type of charm many times throughout the story, though this is most notable when uses it to pretend to ally with Othello, and when he convinces Roderigo to try to kill Cassio. (2.)
Dealing with Deceit ¨You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.¨ - Phineas T. Barnum. While the characters in Othello and Macbeth both dealt with rhetoric in divergent means they were also confronted by rhetoric in different approaches. In Othello the characters naively credited everything Iago said as true without question. While in Macbeth the main characters strived to alter the witches’ prophecy for their own dominance. This will inevitably be the characters’ from both stories own demise.
William Shakespeare’s “Othello” was a great example to showcase sacrifices made by characters to accomplish revenge or obtain power. Shakespeare told the story of Othello, a tragic hero, who was manipulated by Iago, which motivated him to kill his own wife. From this story, Shakespeare’s main goal was to portray characters making sacrifices for their ambitions. From this play, Shakespeare puts forth the idea of sacrifice through pointing out the importance of reputation and how sacrifices must be made to silence the truth.
Lastly, Iago’s biggest take down is Othello. He acknowledges that Othello's weakness is Desdemona and uses it to his advantage. Jealousy is what drives Othello to do crazy things towards Cassio and Desdemona. Although Othello is a great leader, he lets Iago alter his perception through words and suffers. Iago convinces Othello of Desdemona’s infidelity when he“visually” explains how he has caught Cassio and Desdemona together.
Although Othello has risen to power in a society where he is an outsider, he still believes he may be inferior because of it. His inability to disprove this belief in his marriage leads to his tragic downfall. After Shakespeare has first introduced the audience to the newlyweds, he immediately sends them off to challenges at Cyprus. Along with their own physical differences, they now lack the time to find a common ground of interests. This is the first crack in the foundation of Othello and Desdemona’s love.
Each character present in a book serves an important purpose whether the reader likes them or not. Toni Morrison, author of the Desdemona wanted to remove Iago’s presence in her play because “He’s there [in the play Othello], eating up everything.” However, He cannot completely disappear since he played a major role,probably the most important one, in Othello that led to everyone else’s deaths. Although his name is barely mentioned in Desdemona, he is still alluded to because of his influence over Othello much like Barbary’s invisible presence that influences Desdemona in Othello. Because Othello and Desdemona are easily guided, Iago and Barbary’s invisible presence drives the stories.
The “green eyed monster” or jealousy has not changed much during William Shakespeare’s era to now. It is still defined as an “emotional attitude primarily directed by an individual toward someone perceived as a rival for the affections of a loved one or for something one desires, such as a job, promotion, or award.” (White). The main character that shows jealousy in The Tragedy of Othello is Iago, who involved in creating lies and implementing misleading situations, because of Othello's military rank as the General of the Venetian Army and Iago is ranked two levels below him. In Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello, Iago is a man covered by jealousy, with a goal for everyone to become as jealous and angry as he is by manipulating the characters, like Roderigo and Othello.