Othello Character Analysis

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In the play Othello, Shakespeare presents sufficient evidence that proves that the character Othello has a paranoid personality disorder. One criteria for paranoid personality disorder from the DSM-5 that Othello meets is he “suspects without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him”(American Psychiatric Association). He also recalls: villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore! Be sure of it. Give me the ocular proof, Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul, Thou hadst been better have been born a dog Than answer my waked wrath. (Shakespeare 3.3. 411-415) Othello portrays Desdemona as a whore based on the allegations Iago makes of her and Cassio. Before Othello claims this, Iago explains that he saw Cassio…show more content…
This proves Othello has paranoid personality disorder because he believes that people are trying to come after him leading to the use of inaccurate claims and suspicions. This evidence also supports the overall Diagnostic because it gives a close example of why paranoid subjects suspect without a sufficient basis, because of the increased activity in the amygdala. Othello fits the criteria of having paranoid personality disorder because he “suspects without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him”(American Psychiatric Association). Another diagnostic criteria that proves Othello has paranoid personality disorder is he reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events. For example in the play Othello, he claims: When Cassio left my wife: what didst not like? And when I told thee he was of my counsel In my whole course of wooing, thou criedst 'Indeed!' And didst contract and purse thy brow together, As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain Some horrible conceit.(Shakespeare 3.3 114-119). Cassio talks to Desdemona because he wants to regain his throne as lieutenant. When Othello tells Iago that Cassio was just talking to his wife, this sparks a worried expression on Iago's face as something horrible just happened. Iago also said “I don't like this”(Shakespeare 3.3 114). after Cassio left. Based on this small

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