Othello is a credulous fool How far and in what ways do you agree with this statement?

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‘Othello is a credulous fool’ How far and in what ways do you agree with this statement?   It could be said that Othello is but the shadow of himself at the end of the play. Some would say that ‘Othello is a credulous fool’ for believing that Desdemona had cheated on him in the space of a couple of days and for letting his insecurities get the better of him. However, it could be said that Othello is a black man living in a predominantly white society showing that he had reason to be paranoid when clearly not everyone accepted him. Iago’s talents in manipulation may also be one of the causes for Desdemona’s death and not just Othello’s insecurities and foolishness. Othello could be seen to some as a person who was quite foolish and insecure as he believes Iago’s claims without any evidence that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. Othello’s inexperience when it comes to relationships is all too apparent as he questions Iago’s claims once throughout
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the play and then does not question him again. ‘Make me to see it or at least, so prove it that the probation bear no hinge nor loop to hang a doubt on - or woe upon thy life!’ Even when Othello does slightly begin to doubt Desdemona’s infidelity and asks Iago to provide evidence, Iago toys with Othello and says does he really want to see Desdemona and Cassio in bed together, which makes Othello angry. Iago plays with Othello’s insecurities on his race and his age, suggesting that Desdemona may want someone slightly younger and within her own ...

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