William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Corruption Of Power

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In Othello, the corruption of power was demonstrated by many characters in this play. Firstly, Iago demonstrated it by swaying situations with his white privilege to take revenge on Othello for being betrothed to Desdemona. Secondly, it is then demonstrated by Barbatino 's when he expresses his displeasure by their marriage, hence trying to control both his daughter and Othello; he shows it by pointing out the racial difference of the Moor. And thirdly, Othello also demonstrated this trait by heaving his authority over his lovely wife. Not only with the pressure, the handkerchief presents to her, but also by how corrupt the power of false information makes him in regards to Iago’s spiel regarding Desdemona’s “affair” with Cassio. In…show more content…
Race figures into this because if the situation was reversed, if it was Othello telling Barbatino about Desdemona and Cassio getting eloped secretly, then he probably would not have cared as much because Cassio is white, therefore he would fit better into their social dynamics. Iago literally goaded Barbatino into displaying a negative reaction in act 1 scene 1 with his so-called “warning”. “Zounds, sir, y’are robbed! For shame. Put on your gown! Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul. Even now, now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise! Awake the snorting citizens with the bell, Or else the devil will make a grandsire of you. Arise, I say!” Iago is purposefully throwing race into the blame for Desdemona’s sudden betrothal, not only that but he is also intentionally arousing sexual connotations to get a reaction further out of Barbatino. Iago doesn’t care what Barbatino thinks in the moment, he still works on him to force him to unwittingly see it from his angle. Othello even tries to tell Iago during a conversation later in the act that he wouldn’t have married Desdemona if he didn’t actually love her; this was an attempt to prove that his emotions were sincere. Iago also plays on the otherness of both Desdemona and Othello. He uses their strengths and weaknesses to his advantage, and in the end, it destroys them. He plays on Desdemona’s love
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