In the play Othello, written by Shakespeare, the death of Othello and Desdemona help illuminate important themes present throughout the play. Once Othello passes over Iago for a special position, Iago sets out to destroy all that Othello loves. Meanwhile, Othello falls hopelessly in love with Desdemona and gives Iago the perfect opportunity to collect his vengeance. Iago consistently manipulates the truth to construct the allusion that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. Specifically, Act V illustrates Othello’s realization that Iago is behind this heinous plot.
Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty. Othello was published in the early sixteenth century. Commedia dell’arte, a popular comedy in Italian theatres, persuaded Shakespeare’s motives when writing Othello. Shakespeare writes this play with a “disturbing, tragic ending, not the traditional romantic tragedy that has puzzled
“To what extent is Iago responsible for the downfall of other characters in Othello?” .The Shakespearean character ensign, Iago, is the trusted friend and advisor of his army superior Othello, who plots the downfall of several characters within the play. Iago was the character most responsible for the tragic events in the play, Othello. He is the driving force that moves the play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards the tragic ending. From the beginning to the end of the play, Iago arranges the entire vile plan that gives rise to Othello 's destruction and demise, beginning with the exclusion of Cassio, Othello trusted lieutenant. After that, Iago being convincing Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having a relationship, a claim supported by his famous handkerchief trick.
Othello is a tragic hero because of his tragic mistake. There are many unwanted behaviors in Othello, like his jealousy and lack of caution. Nevertheless, the center of these troubles and his major tragic mistake is his lack of confidence because he is the only black character and an outsider in Venice. His weakness makes him an effortless objective for Iago to use his mind; he starts to accept as true that he is poor for Desdemona: “She’s gone, I am abused, and my relief must be to loathe her. Oh, curse of marriage that we can call these delicate creatures ours and not their appetites!” (3.3.283-286).
Because Cassio is distraught from the sequences that occurred earlier, he confides to Iago for advice. After recommending him to talk to Desdemona and Cassio leaving, he finally figures out his plan to destroy Othello. He first starts off with realizing his irony of helping Cassio while trying to be evil at the same time. It has been so easy for Iago to mold the other characters into his plan that it is hilarious to him. At this point, it is questioning to the audience of the continuation of his plot.
William Shakespeare’s Othello was written around 1601-1603, and was first performed in 1604 by the King’s Men. Jealousy is the catalyst theme and the main driving force of conflict, which is shown in the character of Othello, Iago, and even in the less prominent characters like Bianca, Brabantio and Roderigo throughout the play. Othello would not have been jealous of Cassio if Iago had not been jealous of him and Cassio first.
Character can be broken despite how strongly it is shaped. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, Othello was a brave Moor who was quick to marry his lover Desdemona. His sinister ensign Iago deceived him into believing his loyal wife had committed adultery. Although Othello believed the alleged accusations, he also gave up his moral character to Iago. Regardless of the lack of trust from Othello, Desdemona did deceive her father prior to the situation.
To simply disclose the dramatic irony Iago seems to be reliable and trustworthy enough for Othello to discuss his romantic problems with Desdemona. Othello is blindsided to the fact of Iago being evil, wanting to hurt him. Shakespeare's is highlighting the central message, for those that appear acceptable to the naked eye may not truly be. Beyond the basic structure, Othello ironically can not see the battle of good versus evil right in front of him. Iago is being treated so graciously by all of the bystanders without them knowing he is the sources of their
In Act V, Scene 2 Othello’s moral change has already begun and he is to show its lethal consequences. The intention of strangling Desdemona is his idea of the solution, which would bring justice for the betrayal Desdemona “did”. “To eliminate evil, Othello commits evil.” The protagonist chooses to strangle Desdemona in her bed, using his imagination to conjure up that she has dishonored that bed. He is so consumed by jealousy that he never gives her the chance to proof her innocence. 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.
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).