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How does Iago convince Othello of Desdemona's guilt

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How does Iago convince Othello of Desdemona's guilt? The play Othello was said to have been written in 1603/4, but no one really knows. It was first performed in front of king James I. It was very original because it had a black tragic hero and at that time it was very rare too see a black character let alone a main one. The key themes are the same in most of Shakespeare's plays (love, jealousy, appearance and reality, dark and light. The main theme is Othello's jealousy, which results in his downfall. Vital to the play is the devilish Iago, one of Shakespeare's most fascinating villains. His motives for manipulating Othello remain in mystery. However, Othello's race is vital to the success of Iago's schemes. In the rest of my essay I will look in depth of the other character to show how Iago convinced Othello of Desdemona's guilt. ...read more.


Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it without a prompter"(Act I, ii, lines 22-24). This is showing what control he has over them. The nature of Othello's character is of a dark man. A dark man, not only because he is black, but also because his whole person is very mysterious. He is mysterious in that he believes there is magic brewing everywhere, when Desdemona loses her napkin he says to here " To lose it or give't away ...... match" . With this dark side he is also very outgoing, and not very bright. He isn't observant and the schemes of Iago work well on him. For all the dangers and encounters he has been involved in, this man is still naive of the corruptness of other individuals. Othello has a trusting nature in which he gives it all. ...read more.


Whom passion could not shake? whose solid virtue The shot of accident nor dart of chance could neither graze nor pierce" (IV, i, lines 264-8) He did see for himself the dishonesty of Desdemona toward her father and remembered the words he had said to him: "Look to her, Moor, if thou has eyes to see She has deceived her father, and may thee" (act I, iii). After realizing Othello had been tricked into believing the lies of Iago. He couldn't handle the suffering of knowing he had murder in jealousy rather for justice. This destruction in Othello's character brought the strong warrior back into the scene. Where he changed into his own judge, jury, and sentenced himself. He told the people around him in their letters to write of him not in malice, then he said: "Then you must speak of one that loved not wisely but too well" (V, ii, l). ...read more.

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