Othello, By William Shakespeare

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Mahatma Ghandi once said “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” This quote that was said by a very wise man appeared to be very relatable and significant to the play Othello. Othello is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare in 1603. The play explains the story of a solider, Iago, that destroys a powerful general named Othello’s marriage, reputation, and overall life. Iago is the antagonist of the play and a soldier of the army in Venice. He is a flat character in the play that is selfish, but on the exterior appears to value and put before his own others problems and concerns. Throughout the play, readers notice that Iago is sexist, greedy, and racist. Iago is sometimes considered an archetype of the devil (quote about it) However, Iago is very intelligent in creating schemes that result in him receiving what he wants. Iago’s significance to the play is his desire for revenge on various characters in the play. He portrays this pursuit of revenge towards Othello, Cassio, and the idea of revenge he planted in Othello towards Desdemona.

Throughout the play, Iago desperately sought revenge on Othello. Iago’s revenge towards Othello first began because of something Othello did, but then grew larger purely due to his distaste of Othello. Firstly, Iago wanted revenge towards Othello because he was aggravated that Othello made Cassio lieutenant instead of him. Iago believed that he deserved the job of lieutenant because of his hands-on knowledge and…
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