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Black Heart In A White World: Othello

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In the play, Othello written by William Shakespeare in 1602, the protagonist Othello has three distinct personalities that abide through the conflicts in the play and define his personality more and more through each page turn. Throughout the play the reader witnesses many different personalities carried out by Othello, the most prominent being; doubtfulness, rationality, and his being a “jealous monster”. Even though on the surface, his personalities may seem very contradictive of one another, they are not. Through his rationality he becomes doubtful, unfortunately making him a jealous monster in regard to Desdemona leading to his psychological weakness of inferiority.
There are many instances in the play when Othello’s personality can be described as doubtful. One of the utmost occurrences of Othello’s doubt can be seen when he was questioning his wife, Desdemona about where her handkerchief was. He and Iago saw it at Cassio’s house earlier that day, so he jumped to the conclusion that he she left it at Cassio’s house when she “slept” with him. The handkerchief has important significance to Othello because it was his first gift to Desdemona and a symbol of his love for her. The fact that she has misplaced it leads Othello to believe she doesn’t care about their relationship anymore thus creating massive amounts of doubt within his heart. However, Othello is partially creating the doubt on his own because he isn’t certain that Desdemona slept with Cassio, he is just relying on what he saw and heard from Iago. Othello also displays doubt in his servant, Iago. This is seen when Othello keeps questioning him about what he is thinking in regard to Desdemona and Cassio, asking him what he’s trying to imply after Iago has stated several times that he isn’t implying anything but Othello keeps on harassing—just proving that Othello is a poor judge of character.
Secondly, Othello portrays that along with being doubtful, he can also be rational. Othello’s first time seeing Desdemona once he was convinced that she was cheating on him, he holds her hand and notices that it feels sweaty—which leads him deeper into his conclusion that Desdemona is guilty of cheating on him because...

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