Othello Essay

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Personal Response to Othello: In my opinion, Shakespeare’s “Othello” is an exploration of numerous concepts, most prominently those of deception (the motivations and chaotic products), the incompatibility between a career and love, and a subtle exploration of human nature in relation to biblical bestial themes. Throughout ‘Othello’, Shakespeare’s character of Iago deceives all the other characters time and time again. A veritable puppeteer, Iago masterfully manipulates the other characters, particularly Othello, on the small island of Cyprus. The motivation inspiring Iago to begin his deception and manipulation of the other characters stems from an initial belief that Othello betrayed him by promoting Michael Cassio instead of Iago himself. From here, Iago seeks revenge to Othello and states so in saying, “And nothing can or shall content my soul till I am even’d with him, wife for wife” (Act II). This plainly states Iago’s plan of revenge and is a foresight of what will transpire throughout the rest of the play. The effects of the deception and manipulation of the other characters is quite interesting as Iago’s careful planning and impenetrable façade of honesty successfully translates himself as an “honest” person. This is seen through multiple blatant statements from Othello such as “Iago is most honest”, “Honest Iago” and through Cassio’s own bidding of “good night, honest Iago”. This recurring description of Iago impresses upon the audience the sublimity of his public image as the inverse of his personal mind. “I am not what I am”, Iago states and, in doing so, both enlightens and deceives Roderigo as he believes Iago is talking purely of his relationship with Othello – not of himself in general. The chaos caused as a product of this deception is tremendous and is manifest in the plights of Cassio and Othello. Throughout Act II, Scene iii,

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