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…show more content…
In this quote Iago explained which person Othello hired instead of him for the job of lieutenant, “One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, / A fellow almost damned in a fair wife, / That never set a squadron in the field, / Nor the division of a battle knows” (1.1.21-24). As a result of the decision Othello made, Iago was angry and communicated with Roderigo the topic of plotting revenge on Othello. This was shown when Iago said, “Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him”(1.3.410-411). Secondly, Iago heard rumors that Othello slept with his wife, Emilia, This made Iago want to get revenge on Othello even more than before. Iago’s suspicions of Othello sleeping with his wife were portrayed in dialogue when he said, “For that I do suspect the lusty Moor / Hath leaped into my seat” (2.1.317-318) and “And it is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheet / He done my office…” (1.3.430-431). The last thing that irritates Iago about Othello which as a result adds fuel to the fire of his desire of revenge towards Othello is that Othello is black. Iago’s racism towards Othello was shown in this quote where Iago compares Othello to a black ram and Desdemona with a white lamb, “Every now, now, very now, and old black ram / Is topping your white ewe”(1.1.97-98). This quote did not specifically say that Iago did not like Othello because he is black, but instead said it in a way that planted a bad image in
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