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Audience to Give Othello Nothing.

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Martin Hutnik Ms.McCallam ENG 3UN-01 Tuesday July 15, 2003 Audience to Give Othello Nothing The Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary defines sympathy as: A feeling or an expression of pity or sorrow for the distress of another. Anyone would feel bad for one if for example his or her loved one died or if one would lose a job. Would anyone really show pity for those who act sinfully through their actions, and then show that they are sorry for what they did once judgment day comes? Well that is up to God, but we know that Othello savagely kills his wife, Desdemona. Should we show him sympathy? Also, he is too foolish to see that Iago is not his true friend, but that his wife and Michael Cassio are. Should we show him sympathy? Similarly, Othello who kills his wife, could not bear that he does such a deed, and then takes his own life? Should we show him sympathy? In William Shakespeare's Othello the audience should be imprudent to expose their sympathy for Othello because he kills his wife, he his foolish to believe in Iago and kills himself after he finds out that his wife has not in fact cheated on him. ...read more.


Not in dear old Othello's case. The marriage between Othello must have been a lie, because nobody in the right state of mind can kill the person they loved. It is therefore come to the conclusion that Othello did not really love Desdemona and that killing an innocent lady is very repulsive, preposterous and pernicious. Hutnik 03 Furthermore, the unwise Othello believes Iago's tricky words, and he begins to assume that Cassio, his best friend, and lieutenant is having an affair with Desdemona. Othello and Iago have another discussion about Desdemona's faithfulness. Iago tells him that he has seen his wife with Cassio, but Othello puts Iago to the test by wanting, "...ocular proof,"(3.3.357) and threatening to hurt Iago. Iago being very clever, talks about the spotted handkerchief. He says he saw, "...Cassio wipe his beard with."(3.3.436) Othello, going completely against his initial eye proof, goes nuts. Othello, being a fool does not go and confront Cassio about this supposed affair. Cassio is Othello's best companion and the two of them went "wooing" for Desdemona. In fact Cassio "went between us [Othello and Desdemona] very oft."(3.3.99) Othello is very familiar with Cassio and all of a sudden he assumes by Iago's suggestions that he is sleeping with his wife. ...read more.


As well as trying to explain his act, he kills himself at the end of his final words. Now for sure a "noble" character would not kill himself. Only a cowardice character would. However, some would argue that Othello killed himself because he wanted to be with his wife. First off, Desdemona did nothing wrong, so she is going to heaven, and Othello is going to meet the devil in Hutnik 05 hell. His actions still do not justify the deed. He killed himself because he could not live with the regret of killing his wife and by being tricked by Iago. He also could not bare the shame of going to jail. Hence, Othello could not think of any other alternative, but stabbing himself and ending his life. In conclusion, the audience would be sighted in giving Othello no sympathy because he kills his love one, thoughtlessly believes Iago that his wife is braking the vows, and kills himself out of fear for the consequences. It is too bad that in the play Othello, many innocent characters like Othello, Desdemona, Emilia, and Roderigo die because of Iago's deceptive nature. The lesson to be learned is that we must not trust anyone, unless they are true friends. This is what Othello failed to see and he and the others have paid a great price for their actions. ...read more.

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