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Theme Of Betrayal In Othello

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In Shakespeare’s Othello, betrayal serves as a major theme. While the antagonist, Iago, presents the most prominent betrayals, there are many other overshadowed acts of betrayal. An act of betrayal that shaped the play was when Othello began to lose trust in Desdemona. Although it leads back to Iago deceiving Othello, Iago only prompted him. He was careful in making sure that Othello conjured up an accusation of Desdemona’s “affair” on his own and Othello did just that. Instead of trusting his wife he chose to believe “honest” Iago. While Iago did have a major role in this conflict, it was essentially Othello that actively betrayed Desdemona.
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