The Downfall of Othello

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The Downfall of Othello Othello, written by William Shakespeare, is the perfect example of a romantic tragedy in which events involving the themes of jealousy, greed, revenge, and appearance versus reality bring the play to its tragic end. The play begins with an argument between Iago and Roderigo. This conflict gives the reader a glimpse of what is to come. Shakespeare uses the technique of foreshadowing to help the reader predict the misfortunes that will befall the characters in the play. The unfortunate events leading up to the downfall of the characters come to life through underlying discord between the characters. These conflicts are, for the most part, initiated by a sole character, Iago. Although the reader is aware that…show more content…
In fact, Cassio did find the handkerchief in his room, but because he is not aware that it belongs to Desdemona, he gives it to Bianca, a lady friend of his, for her to make a replica of it. The handkerchief surfaces once again when Bianca joins a conversation between Cassio and Iago which Othello observes. Othello immediately recognizes the handkerchief and contemplates murdering Cassio. After speaking with Iago about what he has observed, Othello suggests that he will poison Desdemona. Iago, however, advises him to strangle her instead in the bed that she contaminated through her supposed infidelity. Iago then promises Othello that he will arrange Cassio's death as well. Iago, feeling that his plans are working, sends Roderigo to kill Cassio; however, he has intentions of getting Roderigo killed as well. Roderigo encounters Cassio and stabs him, but Cassio stabs him back. During all of the commotion, Iago runs in and stabs Cassio in the leg. The cries of violence prompt Othello to enter Desdemona's room to kill her. Confused, Desdemona questions Othello about why he wants her dead. Still clinging to Iago's "truth" and Desdemona's "guilt," he stabs her and she soon dies. After her death, the truth of all of Iago's deceitfulness emerges, and Othello stabs Iago, but not fatally. While it appears that Iago was the one
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