Loyalty vs Friendship

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Loyalty and Friendship in Othello

The play Othello, written by William Shakespeare is a play that takes place on the streets of Venice. Othello is a highly esteemed general in the service of Venice. Iago is Othello's ambitious friend. Othello promotes the Michael Cassio to the position of personal lieutenant and Iago is deadly jealous. Iago begins an evil and malicious campaign against the hero. Othello elopes with Desdemona but Iago starts to plot against them. Othello becomes jealous and suspicious of Desdemona. He confides in Iago that he plans to poison Desdemona. Plots and murders ensue, Iago wants Roderigo to kill Cassio, of course he agrees to it because he thinks that he and Desdemona will have a chance. The theme of loyalty
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Noses, ears, and lips--is’t possible? Confess---handkerchief----O, devil]” (IIII, I, 42-52). Here in this Othello is saying Is it possible that she could be doing this stuff behind his back. Othello believed what others were saying when they said that she had an affair with Cassio, he’d rather believe them over her.
Throughout this whole book It was seen that loyalty and friendship can be strained. Mostly in every part of this book someones betrays the other just like with Iago and Roderigo, Brabantio and Desdemona, and Othello with his own wife, Desdemona. The theme loyalty and friendship is seen throughout Othello when it is put to fault and people starts to lose the things that they most value.


Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. New York: Washington Square, 1993.
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