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How Does Othello Prove Himself

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Although Othello seems confident about himself and his position, in reality, most of the times he feels the need to prove himself to others to get their respect. Before Othello goes into details about how he and Desdemona fell in love, he says, “Rude am I in my speech,/ And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace” (Othello 1.3. 96-7). By “rude am I in my speech” Othello means that he is not good at speaking, but right after he says this, he goes on to make a long speech. Othello says this to bring the element of surprise and also to prove to them that he can do anything they can do. The want and need to establish his power and boast reveals that deep down Othello does not fully have confidence in himself.
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