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Othello Essay

  • Submitted by: Jenkisn
  • on January 6, 2013
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 716 words

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"I follow him to serve my turn upon him," said Iago (9:45). From the beginning of the story Iago has a cruel intent bent on destroying Othello merely because the job that he sought after was given to young Cassio. Exactly why his hatred burns so bright is unclear because it was not uncommon to lose a position to another soldier. With or without reasonable justification for revenge, Iago immediately starts to tear Othello apart by informing Brabantio (Desdemon's father, Othello;s wife) that she is out with a black ram and committing unjust acts. As time progresses Iago becomes more wrapped up in his lies that he even begins to believe that Othello has slept with his own wife, Emelia, and now he has even more reason to hate "the Moor", "I hate the Moor and it is thought abroad that `twixt my sheets `has done my office"( 55:429-431). Iago is so obsessed with his revenge on Othello that he does not care what happens to anyone else so long as he is happy. In the process of hurting Othello he manages to have Roderigo killed, Cassio severely injured, his own wife Emelia is slain by his own hands, Desdemona dies at the hands of her husband Othello, and after everything Othello kills himself. Sadly Iago accomplishes his revenge but with so many casualties and then he himself is tortured and killed for his part in the great conspiracy, but before he is punished he has to see that Cassio will be the one to take Othello's place (a strange irony since it was Cassio that Iago was jealous of).


In all situations we see Othello standing tall as a "War General." It is his job position that allows him to be deceived and tricked by Iago. Othello won Desdemona's heart by his exotic stories of traveling and war but with the war at Cyprus ended he no longer had anything (in his opinion) to be proud of and prove he was a true man. "whilst you were here, overwhelmed with your grief- A passion most unsuiting such a man" (177:91-92) Iago implies that Othello is becoming soft and no...

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