1/20/17 Othello: Mindset and Grit
Mindset and grit are two characteristics one must have in order to succeed. In the play Othello many characters portrayed having grit whether it was in a positive or negative light. In the play Othello characters such as Iago, Desdemona, Othello and Roderigo all display grit and mindset. In order to understand how the characters portray grit and mindset you must understand what the two mean.
The definition of grit is the courage and resolve; strength of character. Angela Duckworth a psychology professor defines “grit” as “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them’’. According to Duckworth, the “…show more content… Iago is evil and he doesn 't care who he hurts; he enjoys it. Although Iago is evil he does display grit and mindset. Iago persuades Cassio into drinking a lot then has Roderigo provoke him into a fight. When Montano tries to break it up Cassio hurts him. This made Othello intervene and stop the fight. Iago planned the whole thing out but he plays it off like he 's shocked about what happened. Othello ends up firing Cassio. Iago tries to persuade Cassio into thinking that he can get Desdemona to talk Othello into giving him his job back. This is all apart of Iago 's evil plan. After firing Cassio Desdemona tries to stick up for Cassio. To get Othello even more upset Iago tells Othello that it 's lust that makes Desdemona speak up for Cassio. Iago believes it 's an excellent plan to bring down Othello. He says, "So will I turn her virtue into pitch, And out of her own goodness make the net That shall enmesh them all" (360-362). Iago plans to use Desdemona as a way to get under Othello 's skin. This shows grit in Iago because he is determined to ruin Othello and anyone in his way. He tries anything he can to achieve this goal. In order to destroy Othello, he must also destroy Roderigo, Emilia, Desdemona, and eventually himself. Iago is a hard character to place under a specific mindset. Reviewing Iago 's actions he shows he has a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset