Othello Response Essay

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One major idea that is present in the play Othello is the importance of reputation. Iago’s reputation, when the play begins, is that of an honest man. Due to his reputation as a veracious man, Othello did not immediately have Iago killed for suggesting his wife would cheat on him, but rather took what he had to say into deep consideration. Iago’s reputation of being a noble and reputable man also made his plans to manipulate everyone around him so much easier, because they all trusted him. A quote from Othello states, “Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving.” This can be seen as true because Iago manipulates and controls the reputation of both Desdemona and Cassio by smothering them in the lies he says to Othello. Furthermore, after Cassio had been fired from his position, the only thing that seems to worry him is that his reputation had been tainted, and what is left of his reputation is worthless. This can be proved in the following quote, “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” (page 111 lines 241-243). A second idea in Othello is jealousy. The story of Othello demonstrates how envy can be seen as an emotion of destruction and corruption. Due to Iago’s jealousy of Cassio getting the promotion he yearned for, Iago is motivated to bring Othello down. In addition, Iago used jealousy as a tool to toy with Othello’s mind, as well as Roderigo’s mind, and lead them to believe his lies. A writing technique used by the author in the play Othello is foreshadowing. One specific example is “She had a song of “Willow”; An old thing ‘twas; but it express’d her fortune, And she died singing it. That song to-night will not go from my mind.” (Page 243 lines 27-30). This quote foreshadows Desdemona’s sorrowful death by

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