The Importance Of Lying In William Shakespeare's Othello

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this value instilled in us, most of us begin lying from a young age. Whether it be lying about who ate the last cookie, or who broke the vase, lying is inevitable. Once we are a bit older, we become more inclined to lie when we face certain situations. One might lie to protect themselves, another’s feelings or in extreme scenarios; to commit a crime. All of this points to the inescapable truth; lying is a part of human nature. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago spins a web of lies in order to carry out revenge against Othello, who promoted Cassio over him. He does this by planting a series of lies amongst characters in the play that lead Othello to kill his wife, Desdemona, and ultimately, himself. Iago’s motives derive from that of a thirst for revenge, jealousy and hatred.
At the beginning of the play, Iago plans to convince Othello that Desdemona is sleeping with Cassio, however; his plan involves a number of smaller, more sophisticated plans. To set his plot in motion, Iago orchestrates his first elaborate development. He tricks Cassio into getting drunk, and instructs Roderigo, a man who is in love with Desdemona, to start a fight. Othello finds out and is not happy. Playing the devil’s advocate, Iago then instructs Cassio to converse with Desdemona in order to obtain his position back. Upon seeing Cassio leave, Iago then plants a seed of doubt within Othello regarding Cassio.
“Good my lord, pardon me:
Though I am bound to every act of duty,
I am not bound to that
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