Othello, Good Or Evil

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A man’s cynical actions are under no circumstances justified; unless such actions have a clear justification; therefore, although the action is bad, but the motivations behind it make it justified. In the play written by Shakespeare, Othello, the antagonist Iago is a cynical figure, and has committed many deeds in which results in everyone around him getting hurt. However, humans are never born evil, and the only way for a cynical man to be born, is when the individual submerges in justifications of his own evil deeds. Iago is no different from any other antagonist; he grew up as a low class citizen, which made him very vengeful; therefore, when he suffers a single fall, he will seek revenge. During the Othello era, noblemen are among the highest ranks in every way, which in turns made them very well educated, and polite. Iago, however, is everything a nobleman is not. His words are rude, and very hurtful, like when he told Brabantio “an old black ram is tupping [his] white ewe” (I, i, 97-98), the rude imagery shocked Brebantio in disbelieve because Brabantio has never heard anyone saying things in such rude words. The use of extremely rude vocabulary is because Iago grew up in poverty, and this is the justification behind his words, because those are the only words he knows. Also, growing up in a world where a tiny bit of prosperity can make a person go crazy has made Iago very selfish and cares about no one but himself. For example, his loving wife who serves him well, and who has contributed in the most important part of his plan, is killed by him because he does not want his plot to leak out. The opinions he expresses shows he think women are trash, and are nothing but “slaves”. Humans don’t usually think this way unless they grew up in a place where woman are only competitions who might steal their food, money, or even life. There women have to be eliminated
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