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What role doe the theme of deception play in Shakespeare's "Othello" and how did it affect the development of events?

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What role doe the theme of deception play in Shakespeare's "Othello" and how did it affect the development of events? In the Shakespearian tragedy, 'Othello', there are two main issues which are explored and which portray the ways passion overrides the control of reason and how pride can blind one from seeing the truth. Both these themes are primarily derived from a theme of deception. Deception plays an enormous role in the development of events. The term, "deception" could be described as an act which is intended to trick or deceive another, however, a better description is entailed in the Iago, the epitome of deception within, "Othello". ...read more.

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Iago is the only character in the play who realizes the immense power of language. Through worse and mere discourse Iago is able to influence all the main characters and events. He does so to Othello (when he causes Othello's epileptic fit) by dropping wicked insinuations that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Othello's tragedy is based on the surmise that Desdemona has deceived and made a cuckold of him. This is a surmise that has been manufactured by Iago and his self-serving desires and malicious, villainous character. without Iago, there would have not even been a tragedy and without deception, Iago would have no tools to work with. ...read more.

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Another instance where deception is evident is when Iago pressures Cassio into drunkenness, which leads to his eventual dismissal, then developing into asking Desdemona to ask for Othello's pity on his behalf. With the aid of Iago, this gives Othello reason to believe that Desdemona is sleeping with Cassio. Although this is only one example, each event leads to another on the basis of Iago's illusive methods. All in all, it is upon the insinuation, deception and innuendo that Iago generates that the play is driven. Without Iago, and all that his character represents, none of the events in the play would have locomoted or taken place at all. Deception is the key theme that is the foundation for the 'domino effect' of events which allows for the play to take place. ...read more.

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