The Eyes Can Deceive By William Shakespeare

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The Eyes Can Deceive Nothing is ever as it seems in the plays of William Shakespeare. Appearance vs. reality is often a theme he plays around with. In the play Othello this theme is very apparent through the plotline of the characters. Characters often believe the only truth they happen to know. However the truth is not always what is really occurring. In many instances the realities of the characters is not always existent. Iago is the main protagonist who deceives everyone in the play. Iago uses the technique of appearance vs. reality to ruin the lives of Cassio, Desdemona and Othello. Iago knows just how to manipulate any situation he wants to, especially when it comes to Cassio. Iago wants the position Cassio has, Lieutenant for Othello. The only way to go about that is getting Cassio out of the way. Iago tells his starting plan to a friend saying “ If I can fasten but one cup upon him/With that which he hath drunk to-night already/He 'll be as full of quarrel and offence/As my young mistress ' dog” (2.3). Being that Othello is only newly married to Desdemona creating a different appearance than what is reality is quite easy for Iago. To get Cassio permanently out of the way he convinces Othello that there is an affair going on. Iago make sure that Othello is around to hear and see the right things at the wrong time. Iago knew about a very meaningful handkerchief Othello gave to Desdemona as a token for his love. He convinces his wife to steal it and he uses it for
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