Liars And Jealousy In Othello

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Shakespeare 's work has remained a household name for over 400 years after his death because of the themes reliability and character traits such as in the play Othello. Othello is a tragedy written in 1603 that tells the story of a villain who lies and schemes against characters for an unknown cause. It is believed that the fourth wall is broken for the first time in this play. Othello’s characters encounter liars and jealousy throughout the play and react in unjustified ways that lead to their demise. Jealousy is a feeling or possessing an envious resentment for someone for their accomplishments, advantages or possessions. Jealousy is very common throughout the play Othello. Othello, husband to Desdemona was jealous of a misinterpreted friendly…show more content…
Manipulation is when someone controls or influences someone or something to their advantage. Cassio, a high ranking lieutenant is manipulated into drinking during his shift by Iago. Initially, Cassio turns him down but Iago continues to persuade him to join him and to bring other people. Cassio agrees and it doesn 't take long for things to get worse. Cassio gets very drunk and starts a fight with another man. Othello, the general is notified of the issue and arrives to see Cassio drunk while he is supposed to be on guard. Othello fires Cassio from his service. This destroys Cassio because he lost his ranking and his reputation “Reputation, Reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!” (II, III, 281-284). Cassio knew what he had done was wrong and unlike himself. Iago was successful because he planned to get Cassio fired and break the trust Othello had for…show more content…
This scene is very similar to an issue that occurred at my work. I work in a laboratory with educated and experienced laboratory technicians. The laboratory director retired and the owner of the company informed us they would hire a new director within the existing staff. Multiple people applied for the position so it was going to take some time before they made their decision. The weather also had an impact on the decision for the new position. Many staff members did not work during the snowstorm which resulted in little to no hours. One of the men applying for the position said that to a co-worker who was also applying that they should say they both worked 35 hours when they only worked 20. Working in such a large facility it is difficult for the boss to keep track of employees hours especially when few people are there. It took some convincing but he finally agreed and said they would validate for one another. A week later when it was payday the man whose idea it was to falsify their timesheet reported to the boss that a fellow employee had lied on his timesheet. After a small investigation they found out he was not present during the hours he claimed to work and was fired. This situation is very similar to Cassio and Iago because the man wanted to the promotion and was successfully able to manipulate his opponent. From this experience, you should learn to stick to your extinct and not let others convince you to do something you know is wrong. In conclusion, Othello 's
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