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Othello is a credulous fool How far and in what ways do you agree with this statement?

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?Othello is a credulous fool? How far and in what ways do you agree with this statement? It could be said that Othello is but the shadow of himself at the end of the play. Some would say that ?Othello is a credulous fool? for believing that Desdemona had cheated on him in the space of a couple of days and for letting his insecurities get the better of him. However, it could be said that Othello is a black man living in a predominantly white society showing that he had reason to be paranoid when clearly not everyone accepted him. Iago?s talents in manipulation may also be one of the causes for Desdemona?s death and not just Othello?s insecurities and foolishness. Othello could be seen to some as a person who was quite foolish and insecure as he believes Iago?s claims without any evidence that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. ...read more.

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handkerchief that he gave to Desdemona.? I know not that: but such a handkerchief - I am sure that it was your wife?s - did I today see Cassio wipe his beard with?. Othello believes Iago?s words over his own wife?s as she protests her innocence later on in the play. Othello?s reputation is shown to mean a lot to him as he compares it using imagery from Hell ?As Dian?s visage, is now begrimed and black as mine own face. If there be cords or knives, poison or fire or suffocating streams?. However, Desdemona does nothing to make Othello believe that she is innocent, as she covers up the fact that she has lost the handkerchief and repeatedly asks Othello to talk to Cassio when she can see that the subject of Cassio?s firing irritates him. Othello instantly becomes angry and seeks to plot revenge against both Cassio and Desdemona. ?O that the slave had forty thousand lives! ...read more.

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This critics says ?Iago?s brilliance lies not in what he puts into Othello?s mind, but what he draws out of it?. He takes what is already there, and gives it ?a local habitation and a name? Iago draws out insecurities in Othello that he may not have been aware of before. The critic also says ?racism isn?t just the context in which Othello lives; it has entered his mind and his soul?. Othello may be paranoid that his race affects the way that people think of him. Overall, ?Othello is a credulous fool? as he believes Iago?s claims without any real evidence which just shows how his insecurities have affected him over the years. Iago probably knew that Othello had some deep rooted insecurity that he could draw out of him and use to his advantage. Othello is clearly very aware of his race and his age while being married to Desdemona and probably thinks that it is only a matter of time until Desdemona leaves him for someone younger than himself and someone who is the same race as her. ...read more.

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