Othello by William Shakespeare

532 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 2 Pages
Othello gets this idea from his assistant Iago who wanted to be Othello’s lieutenant but lost the job to a man named Cassio. The entire play revolves around Iago carrying out his revenge on Othello while trying to be named his lieutenant. During the play, the audience sees Iago manipulate the other characters to get what he wants. One of the characters he manipulates is Othello by telling him that his wife is cheating on him and sharing a bed with Cassio. Othello is further tricked by Iago,who gets him to kill his wife and clean up the mess that Iago left.
Throughout the play Othello lets himself be manipulated by Iago instead of asking his wife, Desdemona, about whether or not she was cheating on him. Towards the end, he realizes what he has done and that Iago has tricked him by stating, “Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away richer that all his tribe; of one who subdued eyes” (361; 346-347). The quote is meaning that Othello threw away his greatest treasure because he couldn’t believe what his eyes were telling him. Iago ‘blinds’ Othello so much with his honeyed words that Othello doesn’t realize that he could have just asked his wife. Desdemona even confesses that she can’t believe that some women would cheat on their husbands’ and even says as much. When she reveals this it really shows how innocent she was and how she never would have betrayed Othello.…
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