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Human Flaws In Othello

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Throughout a persons life there will be countless ups and downs, and the determining factor if a person has good morals is if they choose to dwell on the negativity and let the ugly side of human nature take over. The play, “Othello,” written by William Shakespeare, is an obscure and theatrical tragedy that highlights human flaws such as envy, discrimination, and sexism. The play takes place in Venice and Cyprus during the Renaissance and is about a Moor general named Othello, who has married and run off with Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian nobleman. There are numerous bizarre and comic scenes that repeat and reflect the serious substance of the play, such as perhaps the most significant scene in which Desdemona and Iago argue over Iago’s…show more content…
Iago declares, “Sir, would she give you so much of her lips as of her tongue she oft bestows on me, you would have enough”(Shakespeare 1026). Iago is suggesting his wife is annoying and communicates too much. Desdemona, who is a respectable woman, defends Emilia by saying she is a gentle and a good woman. Iago says woman portray themselves to be something they are not in front of men. He thinks women act unflawed to the community and do not take their housework seriously and implies women are promiscuous in bed as well. He says, “You are pictures of doors, bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchens, saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players in your huswifery, and huswives in your beds”(1027). Iago saying this to Desdemona echoes and reflects what he will say and imply to Othello to get him to think she is…show more content…
The scene between Iago and Desdemona indicates exactly what Iago will say to Othello in convincing him to believe Desdemona has committed adultery. This scene reflects the most serious matter of the play, which is when Othello lets his jealousy get the best of him and be swayed by lies to turn on his love. The play is dramatic and represents human nature in its ugliest form, highlighting envy, discrimination and
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