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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1068 words

Who in your opinion is really responsible for the deaths of Desdemona and Othello? Use evidence from the text to support your opinion.

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Introduction

Who in your opinion is really responsible for the deaths of Desdemona and Othello? Use evidence from the text to support your opinion. Amy Heath - 10 Owen. A This essay will discuss who is the most responsible for Desdemona and Othello's deaths in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. It will argue how many characters play a part, and how some parts are bigger than others. In the early 1600's, society was very much defined and you socialised in your social class. Daughters were supposed to serve their fathers and not be dishonest or dishonourable to them. So when Desdemona marries Othello (a black soldier, not in the same class as Desdemona or her father) without her father's knowledge, the marriage was in trouble from the very beginning, without anyone else's involvement. Iago's lies and deceit are also a very important factor to their deaths, and it would be very easy to just lay all the blame on him, but I believe that he alone did not cause the deaths of Desdemona and Othello.

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All the characters believe him to be a good, honest man, when in reality he is a lying fraud. Iago is also not shy of speaking out about his hatred to certain people. One reason for Iago's hatred is mentioned; "I hate the Moor; And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets He has done my office: I know not if't be true; But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety." (Act 1, Scene 3). Iago believes that Othello has previously slept with Emelia, Iago's wife, and does not deserve his position as the Moor. There is no proof of this accusation, but Iago thinks that just because there is a slight suspicion of that something happened; he can do Othello harm. Othello is another person involved in his own and Desdemona's death. He seems a very unstable person and even goes into a trance, (Act 4, Scene 1) when he is informed about Desdemona's supposed affair. He is quick to believe Iago's lies, even without asking the accused.

Conclusion

(Act 5, Scene 3). This may have been one of the final things said to push Othello into accepting Iago's lies. All of this together, because of Othello's unstable mentality, however small and petty it may seem, could cause someone such as Othello to react hastily and without any thought. Therefore, I believe that Desdemona should have been honest with everyone, especially her father, from the beginning. Had she been, I think Othello would have thought of her as more honest, and he would have had no reason to doubt her loyalty. Overall, I believe that Iago, Othello, and Desdemona all had a hand in the deaths. Even though Iago created the whole problem and started the rumours, I think that if Othello had been more trusting and Desdemona more honest, their marriage would not have been so vulnerable, and that the lies would have been discovered before it resulted in anything so tragic. To conclude, the play was a case of somebody doing something which allowed something else to happen; it was a chain of unfortunate events. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 3 Amy Heath

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