Othello: Appearance vs Reality

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For whoever wants help on discussing appearance and reality in Othello:
Firstly, I'm by no means an expert so please don't take everything I say as fact!! But really when discussing Shakespeare, all you need to do is be able to substantiate what you say with some evidence. As in all literature Shakespeare has been interpreted by many different people in many different ways and your opinion is no less valid than those held by the authors who write on such subjects, as long as you are prepared to challenge your own theories in order to streamline them.
Appearance and reality is a major theme in Othello. The first thing to remember is that structure to your essays is crucial, there are lots of topics to write on and trying to include them all can lead to confusion and unclear writing, a plan of the driection of your essay will help to clarify your thoughts and express your opinion more articulatley.
Iago and Othello are the main characters for consideration on this topic. Iago's machivellian nature allows him to operate under the appearance section of this theme because he is unscrupulous and prepared to undertake any actions in order to achieve his evil goal of causing the downfall of Othello.
Othello on the other hand seems to be the epitomy of reality, especially in act 1.3 when he addresses the senate and Brabantio to make his noble speech about why he should be able to love the 'Divine Desdemona' as Cassio refers to her.
In terms of wider themes than characterisation, appearance and reality are evident in nearly all the scenes where Iago is or is being discussed. For example, the constant repetition of his honest nature, 'Iago is most honest' (othello) shows us how Iago is perceived, thus his is appearance as honest, yet we know that this is just a facade. The reality of Iago is arguably his 'motiveless malignaty' (Coleridge), and thus we see how appearance
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