Gender in Othello

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Of all the characters in Shakespeare’s works, none fall harder or faster than that of Othello, The Moor of Venice. Easily swayed and wrought by jealousy, Othello’s downfall is brought on by the fact that he doesn’t believe in himself. This uncertainty is the basis upon which unfolds one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Through the in depth analysis of both Othello and Iago, I will serve to prove that Shakespeare was illustrating the fact that disaster is the only outcome of men lead by wild emotion and pride. As the play starts, Iago assures Roderigo that he detests Othello, and he states that the only true motivation for this hatred is because he was passed up for promotion, and that Cassio has become Othello’s lieutenant. Sound as his military judgement was, he clearly could not foresee the impeding wrath of his flag bearer. This rejection pushes Iago into seeing that Othello get his due punishment for passing up on him. The fact that Iago was not chosen brings about a sense of emptiness. This is the man that he would gladly die for on the battlefield. Othello was everything to Iago; now that he is passed over, Iago is nothing. The death of this belief leads Iago to plan out his revenge for the Moor. The reader gets to witness the development of Iago first hand, from that of a miscreant waking Brabantio and starting up street brawls, to his ability to masterfully spin the web which all of the characters get ensnared in. Ken Jacobsen breaks down the character on a

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