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Othello: Did Othello(TM)s Nobility Lead Unto His Own Demise?

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Did Othello's Nobility Lead Unto His Own Demise? The term "dolt", is an explicit word to be used for one who misinterprets another's motives. But for one with such an immense sense of authority such as Othello, can one really say much about him, that he is a mere "dolt" as Emilia calls him in Act V? The mentality and destructive ability of manipulating, is one of the key practices which Iago uses in his many strategy's to arrest Othello's mind, in order to acquire his attention. Othello's naivety is just one of the factors which allows Iago to pervert his mind further. However, in Act III Scene 3, Iago himself states, "Men should be what they seem." Hitherto, it is ironic of him to say so, for he then continues with "Or those that be not, would they might seem none!", for this is the precise quotation that one should put forward to describe the deceitful and hypocritical Iago. On the contrary, Othello's foreign origin and insecurity are keys to his apprehensions. Nonetheless, during Act III Scene 4, Iago has already begun to devise his heinous plan, in order to diminish Othello. ...read more.


In Act IV Scene 2, he looks into Desdemona's eyes like one would do in a brothel, which was never a negative aspect of Othello, as he simply did not have any. The way in which he gradually develops a sense of doubt and suspicion towards Desdemona, is present from Act III onwards, as he begins to talk in obscenities about her which was not at hand between Act's II and I. Besides the fact that Othello is conscious of his origin, he has no experience of women, nor does Desdemona have experience of a husband. Both are new to the life commitment aspect, yet this is why their minds are so easily intruded by stereotypical theories about both sexes, although in some cases they may be quiet true, especially in a patriarchal society. Just as Othello trusts his companions, he also trusts his wife, and deems her honest as he does with Iago. In Act I Scene 3, Brabantio, (Desdemona's father), says the following, "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: She has deceived her father, and may thee." This quote from Brabantio may also have contributed to the break up of Othello's state of mind. ...read more.


He stood as tall as an obelisk, but as the play progresses, the foundations crumble, and fall away as he becomes more paranoid. In conclusion, Othello's nobility had somewhat lead to his own demise. Iago knew very well, that Othello was of an open and honest nature. But for some peculiar reason, this urged him even more to destroy him. Iago yearned to be Othello's lieutenant, but Michael Cassio was given the place instead, which created a grudge between them all. Othello's lack of experience and naivety also contributed to his downfall. He trusted those he worked with immensely, and respected and honored them. But he should have been conscious, of the precarious ambition of some. After all, he was forever referred to as the "Moor" by Iago, though he never dared to declare it to him openly. Venice at that time was racist, so just because he was the General of the Army gave him no reason to think that all thoughts of race were eradicated. Everything revolved around the women, yet they had no part in any mischief at all. It was but Othello's own goodness that left the idea of jealousy and murder behind, because he thought it was not possible. After all, Iago was always seen as "honest", so who would have thought it. Aina Khan 11 ED Proprietarily ...read more.

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