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In William Shakespeares Othello, we witness the tragedy of a man tormented by the fabrications of his own mind. Originally, Othello is tempted by Iago to believe in his wifes infidelity.

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Damnation Doth Not Part

In William Shakespeare's Othello, we witness the tragedy of a man tormented by the fabrications of his own mind. Originally, Othello is tempted by Iago to believe in his wife's infidelity. Following a relatively brief period of temptation, Othello marries the devil himself. From this point on, Othello has made up his mind and will unconsciously fabricate whatever evidence is necessary to prove Desdemona a whore. After Othello's marriage to the devil, there is no turning back from the tragic end or from damnation.

Iago's devilish qualities become apparent through his own speech Speaking to Roderigo, he first invalidates the concept of loyalty, saying of Othello, "I follow him but to serve my turn upon him" (1.1. 39), and "In following him I follow but myself. / Heaven is my judge, not I for love or duty, but seeming so, for my peculiar end." (1.1.55-57) in which he invalidates not only duty, but also love. This also brings up the question of what Iago's "peculiar end" is. If Iago is the devil, his peculiar end would be the damnation of souls. Using other interpretations of Iago's characters, it is much more

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