Othello Good Vs Evil

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In the tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago is depicted as a good character through his appearance; however, in reality he is not the individual he says he is. Shakespeare teaches his readers that it is difficult to trust an individual; it is the dualistic character of that person that can mislead another. Throughout the tragedy, Shakespeare uses the motif “Good versus Evil” to express the theme of his play that all things have an appearance, whether it is good or bad and many times those appearances can mislead people and cause them to form incorrect opinion Iago has very few redeeming qualities, he has the ability to be charm and convince people his loyalty and honesty. Iago is the personification of honesty, not merely to Othello…show more content…
Iago is on a big adventure to make this plan work and feel accomplished that he has done something to show the real side of Othello. Iago influences Cassio to have a little drink but Cassio refuses. Iago pressures Cassion to drink and he starts drinking. Cassio is so addicted to drinking that he gets really drunk and doesn’t know what he is doing. This was part of Iago’s plan. He wanted to get Cassio drunk and get into a fight with Roderigo but Cassio doesn’t know who the person he is fighting with because he is really drunk. Iago’s plan worked and Cassio got fired and is looking a way to get his job back. Cassio is devastated about losing his job because of one foolish night. He keeps crying about losing his reputation. Iago suggests, “Confess yourself freely to her Importune her help to put you in your place again. She is of so free, so kind, so apt, so blessed a disposition she holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more than she is requested” (Shakespeare II.III.337-341) Iago is telling Cassio to go to Desdemona and talk to her about getting your job back because she is really sweet and might be able to persuade Othello to give his job back. Cassio loved the idea and thanked Iago for the advice and went off to go talk to Desdemona. In the article “Othello’s Distinguishing Characteristics” by A.C. Bradley stated, “Such as jealously as Othello converts human nature into chaos, and liberates the…show more content…
This makes Iago an unsuspecting person for his schemes. Later on someone finds out who he really is on the inside and what he has been doing to everyone. In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago states “Men should be what they seem; or those that be not, would they might seem none.” (Shakespeare III. III.146-148) ironically says that Iago wonders why someone would pretend to be something that they’re not, while that represents him. Trust is a big issue here in the play. Emilia finds out through Othello that Desdemona was cheating on him with Cassio but Emilia figures out that’s all a lie and Iago has been messing with everyone’s heads. Emilia says to Othello, “If he says so, may his pernicious soul rot half a grain a day! He lies to th’heart! She was too fond of her most filthy bargain.” (Shakespeare V.II.190-192) Othello doesn’t believe Emilia at first but realizes what mistake he has done. When Othello finds the truth about Iago, he feels so gullible that he fell for Iago’s innocence. Othello realizes to never trust anyone through their appearance because you have to really get to know them for who they are and see if they are really the person they seem to be. “I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this, killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” (Shakespeare V.II.420-421) Othello dies because he wants to be with Desdemona and doesn’t want to live with the

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