Othello's Character Essay

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When one watches a play, they are catching a glimpse into the characters lives. They are catching a narrow window of their existence. They do not know where they came from, what kind of experiences they have had, or what may have influenced them over the course of their lives. The central protagonist of Othello is none other than Othello himself, a man whose background ultimately shape and dictate his life during the play. Shakespeare creates Othello’s main objective to stay true to who he is; a person that we are meant to infer is filled with duty, honor, trust, respect, nobility, and the desire to do the right thing. If any of these listed attributes are awry in his life, or at fault among the people he associates with, he is…show more content…
“Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them./ Good signor, you shall more command with years/ Than with your weapons.” (I.ii.59-61). Othello makes the decision not to fight outright by observing what is going on around him. First, the hour of this action is late at night, so chances are something is amiss. Secondly, he recognizes these men as good people, what quarrel does he posses with them? His ability to formulate this quick decision and take is a perfect example of the kind of person Othello is. It unfortunately will contribute to his downfall in the end of the tragedy.
Othello’s first completed objective prior to the start of the play is selecting a new lieutenant. In the military, a lieutenant can better be known as the second in command of a general (roughly). Othello, being the general, selects Cassio as his lieutenant. At this point, Iago discloses valuable characteristics of Cassio, “One Michael Cassio, A Florentine-/…/That never set a squadron in the field,/ Nor the division of battle knows/More than a spinster…” (I.i.20-4). Iago clearly indicates that his own résumé is far more fitting to that of a battlefield lieutenant, stating, “And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof/At Rhodes, At Cyprus, and on other grounds/ He in good time must his Lieutenant be,/ And I- god bless the mark!- his Moorship’s Ancient.” (I.i.28-34). For the readers and spectators of Othello, the action of
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