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Explore the reasons why Othello, orders the death of Desdemona and Cassio with reference to Act3 Scene3

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Explore the reasons why Othello, orders the death of Desdemona and Cassio with reference to Act3 Scene3. Othello is a play about love, hatred, death and deception. Othello is partly betrayed by flaw in his own character. He orders the death of Cassio (his friend and ensign) and Desdemona (his wife) for a number of reasons. Chief among these are is that he is rash, violent and aggressive. He is an angry man who believes whatever Iago tells him with blind faith. He is confused by Iago's tricks and does as he is told without thinking about its consequences. He is impulsive. He is acting like a true moore (or as what people consider him to be) in Shakespeare days. Othello has the tendency to believe whatever Iago tells him. Even before he is shown any evidence to prove that Desdemona is cheating on him. He starts to hate her "Now do I see 'tis true." He turns a blind eye on the fact that he has not seen what the proof is yet. The proof could have been so insignificant that Othello would not trusted it, however in this case the evidence have been planted to mislead Othello. Othello is impulsive. He is rash as fire for numerous reasons. He doesn't trust his wife (who he married with his happiness) ...read more.

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He steals Desdemona's handkerchief and leaves it in Cassio's bedroom. "Such a handkerchief did I see Cassio wipe his beard with". This helps Iago prove Desdemona's infidelity as it will give Othello evidence. "Trifle...are to the jealous confirmation strong as proofs of holy writ". Furthermore, Iago is reticence and implies he is withholding information. He acts like he doesn't want to say anything. "Should you do so...speech should fall in vile success". This entices Othello to say "I pray thee speak to me as to thy thinking". This makes it seem like Iago is trustworthy because he seems to want to protect his friend, when really he wants to get Othello to hate him. "Oft my jealousy shapes faults that are not". Iago start to lie outright. However he only does this after he has largely convinced Othello. He says that he heard Cassio talking to Desdemona in his sleep. "Sweet Desdemona ... let us hide our love". This is a blatant lie but Othello is fooled and believes him. He falls into Iago's trap. It works as he creates hideous images of Cassio and Desdemona. This is when Othello for the first time concludes that Desdemona is 'gone'. His trust and faith in his marital happiness fades into the belief he has been rejected by Desdemona. ...read more.

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Such barbarians would react violently, because they were uncivilised. "O blood, blood, blood!" Othello's Moorish heritage may also have influenced his anger at the loss of the handkerchief as he actually believed in its magic. "Tis true. There is a magic in the web of it". Othello having been a soldier since he was 7 and then a general, meaning he spent his life in the army and therefore he didn't know women well. He was also an outsider to the Venetian society and so it made it easier for Iago to convince Othello. "In Venice they do let god see the pranks they do not show their husbands". A number of factors contribute to the killing of Desdemona and Cassio. One of the major reasons influencing Othello's decision is Iago's numerous lies and his way of manipulating and confusing Othello. These play a major part as, if Iago hadn't lied to Othello, he wouldn't have thought his wife betrayed him. Another factor that led to Desdemona's and Cassio's killing is that the fact that in his personal life he knew nothing about women. Iago took advantage of this and lies outright. Iago's lies wouldn't have worked if Othello had trust in him. If divorce was an option he probably would have considered it letting Desdemona live her life. Another reason that Othello was harsh was because that's what moors were considered to be. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohsina Kantharia 1 ...read more.

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