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Characters In Othello By William Shakespeare

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Appearance vs. Reality:

Shakespeare wrote different types of plays such as comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. The play Othello is one of his tragedies. It is about a character named Othello who is a Moor, in the service of Venice. Throughout the play Iago, Othello's lieutenant, manipulates Othello to believe that Desdemona, Othello's wife, is cheating on him. Various characters in the play Othello appear to be virtuous, upstanding individuals, but their actions reveal that they are not as they appear to be.
The character in the play who is the most different than what he appears to be is Iago. He feels he should have gotten a higher position than Cassio working for Othello. He ...view middle of the document...

Iago does several things to make Othello believes that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago makes Othello believe that he is on his side when he really isn't. One of the ways Iago tricks Othello into thinking that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair is by stealing Desdemona's handkerchief and putting it in Cassio's room. Eventually Othello's finds out that Cassio has Desdemona's handkerchief. Another way Iago tricks Othello is by telling Othello to check Desdemona's hands to see if they are moist and suggest that moist hands means that she is having an affair. These tricks lead to showing that Iago appears one way to Othello then he is in reality. (Xfleming, 2010)
Othello is seen as an honorable man at the beginning of the play and, therefore, people see him that way. As the play progresses he changes inside which is not seen by the other characters. An example of why Othello changes is when he hides behind a wall and over hears Cassio and Iago's conversation about Cassio and Desdemona having in a fair. Unknown to Othello, Cassio was really talking about how much he loves Bianca. Othello believes that they are talking about Desdemona but in reality they are talking about Bianca. Another thing influencing Othello is the dreams he has that are obviously not based on reality. Because of tricks like this that Iago has executed and dreams Othello has had, Othello changes to become a violent, aggressive murderer.
Desdemona is madly in love with Othello. Even though her objects the relationship between Desdemona and Othello because Othello was a black man. Society also did not approve of this...

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