Othello Analysis Essay

629 Words Nov 19th, 2012 3 Pages
'In Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello is as much of a victim of his own weakness as of Iago's plotting Do you agree?'

Through the critical analysis of Shakespeare’s play Othello, we are able to see this statement as agreeable and true. Othello, like all humans succumbs to being vulnerable and is easily taken advantage of. The study of his pride, superstitions, confidence, as well as the contextual society he dwells in accounts to his weaknesses. We are able to argue that Iago’s plotting only fuels the protagonist’s doubts and as a result, Othello struggles to distinguish lie from reality. Othello IS a victim of his own weakness and Shakespeare makes clear of this through the use of language techniques and setting of the play.

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This Evidence from the play shows that Othello already has a high standard of trust in Iago, which throws him into his despair. Iago cunningly sought for Othello’s trust and was able to deceive him. This weakness of Othello allows Iago to plant seeds of doubt and suspicion of Desdemona into Othello’s mind. Othello focuses on his too trusting and loving nature, which is easily manipulated by Iago. “Now art thou my Lieutenant”. Iago’s prestige undoubtedly mirrors foreshadowing of the tragic events to come in Othello’s life. Generosity is Othello’s weakness in this scene and he has fallen inescapably into the hands of Iago. Through these actions, Othello has enforced the idea of being submissive to his own faults and flaws.

Othello’s egoism leads to his and desdemona’s tragic death. Earlier on in the play, Shakespeare Othello as a strong established soldier of Venice; impenetrable and god-like as exemplified in the easy wooing of Desdemona. This image of Othello rapidly changes as he severely being tricked. His seizure is an example of Othello’s incapability to deal with matters that threaten his honor and pride. Contrastingly Othello is made more pathetic and increasingly behaves beastly, ironically described as one in the first scene. “cuckold me?” The women of Cyprus, were notoriously known for being unfaithful, which gave Iago the opportunity to reimage

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