Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare Essay

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Mind control can be used to manipulate a person’s behavior through a psychological process, such as a process known as Classical Conditioning. Mind manipulation has been presented by villains throughout movies, novels, and even plays. The play Othello, written around 1603 by William Shakespeare, with the villain character Iago, is characterized as a jealous, hubris, sinister, crafty, and manipulative being. William Shakespeare has managed to write a tragic play where he used Iago’s malicious words to provide early Classical Conditioning, to cloud Othello’s mind of critical thoughts, turning him into a jealous zombie; this shows that Iago would go to any means necessary, whether it was murder or manipulation, to achieve his goal. Iago’s main goal was to demote Cassio, a young man appointed by Othello to be second in command, by tricking Othello into believing that Cassio and Desdemona, Othello’s wife, were engaged in sexual activities. Iago became jealous of Othello’s promotion to Cassio, making him want to seek his revenge on Othello. Supposedly, due to a rumor about Othello and Iago’s wife, Emilia, sleeping together, Iago despises him and will seek revenge by lying about Cassio and Desdemona. Quoting Iago’s words, “...But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor. And it is thought abroad ‘twixt my sheets he has done my office. I know not if ‘t be true, but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety...” (1.3.363-368), this emphasizes Iago’s jealousy and
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