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Othello Essay. The theme of deception.

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English Essay Othello The theme of deception is one of the central themes that is shown through-out the play of "Othello" written by William Shakespeare. The idea of deception and decieving is surrounded by the character of Iago, the master mind behind all the deception. It is through the character of Iago that the readers are able to visualise just how badly the doing's of deception can effect and ruin those whom are being decieved. Through this essay i will explore how Iago effects the other characters through-out the play as well as showing the concequences it had on them due to their flaws. The idea of deception is found early on in the play when Iago says "I follow him to serve my turn upon him" showing us that he is just using Othello's trust and friendship for his own personal needs. Iago follows on by saying "I am not what I am". This clearly shows the readers what Iago's true intentions are. ...read more.


A young polite character that respects woman and those whom are close to him. Iago states why he hates Cassio in his sililoque. Where he talks about why it is he hates Cassio, due to him getting the position he had wanted, because he was more qualifyed. He uses Cassio as part of his plan to take Othello down. Iago does this by using his weak spot against him so that he can get him close enough to Desdemona that Othello starts to feel vulnerable about his relationship with his wife. By doing this he takes something that is very important to Cassio, his reputation. This us what ultimately allows Iago's plan to work by doing this he enables the seedings of doubt to start growing. Another character that is blind sided by Iago's deception is Cassio. A young polite character that respects women and those whom are close to him. Iago's hatred towards him getting the position he had wanted and worked hard for provokes Iago to decieve Cassio in anger. ...read more.


The feeling of not deserving the position he has as well as a wife as good as Desdemona turns into his biggest flaw. Allowing Othello to believe that Desdemona was having an affair with his good friend Cassio. Iago plays the deceptor very well as hee knows Othello's vulnerabilities as well as knowing what they a re most insecure about. His knowledge of the other characters makes it easy for iago to be so successful at decieving. But it's iago's own downfall that allows his evil plans to overpower his mind and judgements. Emilia and Desdemona are the two women who are stuck in between all the deception. But it is only Emilia that overpowers the mind player Iago, beating him at his own game. Desdemona on the other hand is the only character that remains the same even thoughout the play. Her devotion as a loving wife to stand by her man is evident till her devistating death. She ven blames herself for her own death, which shows that she believes she caused this even though she did nothing wrong. ...read more.

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