How seemingly good qualities turn “virtue into pitch” Fu, Guweichun When a tragedy occurs, who is the most to blame? What holds most of the responsibilities? The fate, human conduct, or their seemingly good qualities? In William Shakespeare’s play “Othello”, the loving couple Othello and Desdemona got distanced and “murdered” by the rumor delivered by Iago, meanwhile, other people also died as a victim of Iago’s revenge on Othello. So many close relationships, as well as the harmonious and peaceful lives of a variety of people was unfortunately destroyed by the influence of authority and jealousy, even trust and love. Sometimes people themselves could be victims of their own good qualities, just like in the play, Roderigo’s unshakeable and …show more content…
There is no doubt that Roderigo’s first intension was never to bring misery into his or Desdemona’s life, he wanted happiness for Desdemona and himself at the same time, he gave up almost everything he got for her love as in return, all he could ever think about is his love-Desdemona. Before Roderigo left Iago after the council meeting discussing Othello and Desdemona’s marriage, Iago asked him to collet as much money as he can, so that he can deliver them to Desdemona as an evidence of Roderigo’s strong and intense love. Roderigo was so motivated by the attraction of love, he said: “I’ll sell all my land.” (1.3.425) He was willing to sell his land his house for Desdemona. He trusted Iago so much that he believed Iago will do what he promise, and even till he died he never knew that all his money has only been dropped into Iago’s purse and never had a chance to reach Desdemona’s hand at all. His impulsive love made him such weak and easy to manipulated by Iago for his own purpose of giving revenge. When Iago came up with the idea of tricking Cassio to make mistakes after he gets drunk, in order to get drag him off his position as the lieutenant, he was so confident that Roderigo could be his useful chess piece to support his victory in his game, he …show more content…
For sure, the stubborned determination is precious when seeking for true love, but Roderigo is too stubborned that unthoughtful actions have been made, this strong love could be a dangerous sharp weapon to destroy himself and others. A heart full of kindness and mercy, is the most treasurable qualities for humankind, a heart to forgive and understand is a heart of goodness and selflessness. However, Desdemona as the loyal wife of Othello was too kind and selfless when facing the ruthless accuse and the heartless treatments from her husband, which blinded both of their eyes and blocked them from seeing the truth.Yet, that kind heart of Desdemona ended her life and destroyed her husband’s. Trust, is the most valuable things to gain from others, so a bridge of trust is extremely strong, but, it needs to be built with the support of both sides. Unfortunately, Othello’s trust lied on the wrong person, which got himself easily manipulated. His wrong placed trust tortured himself while ruining his entire life. Indeed, good human qualities contribute in creating a better society and life for everyone, but still, these great qualities could make goodness fragile, they can do bad as well. So, it is necessary for everyone, to seriously think about this. How could you manage your goodness to do good, instead of having
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When it comes to the dangers of isolation, look to the people closest to you. Whether it be your best friends, family, business associates or whatnot. Then think about everything you do know. In the play Othello, it’s the people you are closest to that you actually don’t know even when you think you do.
Roderigo also feels that same very fear Othello does, as he is talking with Iago after the Duke and senators leave the room, he states, “It is silliness to live when to live is torment” (Othello I,iii, 303). Roderigo is heart broken at having witness to Brabantio- Desdemona’s father- giving his blessing to Othello and Desdemona’s marriage, for he was so in love with Desdemona, it simply makes him want to die to not have her, in fear that he has lost her forever to the Moor general. Roderigo is so in love with the Venetian woman, that he would do whatever he could- even die to have her, no cost whether money or his own life- could get in his way. These two- envy and fear- power jealous up
Secondly, Iago manipulates Cassio the most throughout the book. He uses Cassio’s social status and his trust with Othello to ruin his reputation. Iago is jealous of Cassio because he is higher status and has a strong relationship with Othello. For Iago’s plan to work he needs to get closer to Othello, but first he needs to break Othello and Cassio’s trust first. So one night Cassio is supposed to be keeping a party under control Othello tells him “good Michael, look you to the guard tonight.
Shakespeare’s Othello chronicles the downfall of a noble Moor, Othello, who is deceived by a man he considers his friend, Iago. Throughout the course of the play, Iago toys with Othello and eventually leads him to murder and lose his love, his new wife Desdemona. Iago exploits the unquestioned trust Othello places in him to achieve evil ends. As such, trust is a central theme in the story.
He is jealous of Othello, show in, “I confess it is my shame to be so fond/but it is not in my virtue to amend it” (1.3:316-317). Roderigo is desperate for Desdemona and Iago takes advantage of this and makes him do thing such as kill Cassio. Roderigo does all of Iago’s dirty work and makes his plan successful. Also, Roderigo is unintelligent and realizes too late that his “money is almost spent” (2.3:364-368). Iago makes several false promises to Roderigo and he does not expose Iago because he is desperate for love.
Using the character of Roderigo, Iago manipulates him into doing everything he wants. At the beginning of the tragedy, Iago and Roderigo are talking poorly about Othello. Roderigo, who is in love with Desdemona, is upset due to hearing that Othello and Desdemona have recently married. Iago, who just found out Othello did not give him
But, Othello did not seem to think so. This caused Iago to feel like he wasn 't appreciated and he vowed to get revenge on Othello. He got his revenge by working Othello 's mind to believe that Desdemona was cheating on him with Cassio. After Iago got Cassio drunk one night, Cassio lost his place as lieutenant. Iago suggested that he go plead to Desdemona to show her he is a good man, and then she would convince Othello.
In the first act of the play, after Roderigo finds out that Othello married Desdemona, he carries out a dialogue with Iago about Iago’s discontentment with Othello, Roderigo comments, “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe,/ If he can carry it thus!” With this, Roderigo shows his feelings of jealousy for Othello, basically stating that luck was on Othello’s side in getting Desdemona, but it will probably not last very long. In addition to this, Roderigo gives Brabantio large sums of money to Iago in order to try to get Desdemona from Othello. In addition to Roderigo’s jealousy, Iago’s jealousy of Cassio cascades to the point where he begins to manipulate Othello to want to kill Cassio, which ends up leading to the death of Desdemona. In the beginning, Iago details how he was passed up for a promotion by Othello.
Roderigo, is a young and rich man. He becomes furious when he finds out that Othello marries Desdemona. Once again we see how emotions take over the characters and commit foolish decisions. Roderigo is so in love with Desdemona that he gives all of his money to Iago because Iago promised him that he would help him win Desdemona’s love. Iago once again betrays another one of his victim.
Iago saw himself as the best for the position just as a person would who wanted control. He never sees Cassio as the superior Lieutenant, but as a man who was no better than him. Iago wanted for himself what he couldn’t have, so he did what he knew best, took
I will a round unvarnish 'd tale deliver Of my whole course of love; what drugs, what charms, What conjuration and what mighty magic, For such proceeding I am charged withal, I won his daughter. (1.3.79-99) Othello’s actions in this scene show is undeniable love for his wife, he knows that he could be killed or fired for expressing his feelings for Desdemona. Othello also trusts his second in command, Cassio, very much. He admires him very much and thinks of him as a brother. Othello has a close relationship with Iago, as well.
William Shakespeare, the 16th to 17th century English playwright, dwelt on themes dealing with human nature: love, hate, power, jealousy, humour, discrimination and self-respect. He made the often-quoted observation that “our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we might oft win by fearing to attempt”, voicing the danger of doubt which could ultimately lead to loss of self-esteem. In his play, Othello, the moor, who was perceived as a courageous military hero, met his downfall due to the erosion of his self-esteem, and as a result, tragedy ensued. In the play, Othello trusted Iago unconditionally, to the extent that he came to seriously question himself and the trustworthiness of Desdemona, his wife, whom he genuinely cared