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Fate Or Free Will In Othello By William Shakespeare

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Are the characters governed by fate or free will? Fate means a power that some people believe causes and controls all events, so that you cannot change or control way things will happen. Free will means the ability to decide what to make independently of any outside influence. The different between the two they justify the causes that are in somebody else’s hands or in your own hands. The reason why I picked the background information that supports my hook because life can be influenced by the outcome of what you do regardless of what is in favor. The characters and events in the play were influenced by fate because the path and actions they chose recently reflect what happen later on in the ...view middle of the document...

The second meaning of free will in the play is the action of choosing your own direction without influence from outside forces. Emilia: “Tell this villains he wrong., if you’re man enough. He says you told him his wife cheated on him. I know you didn’t. You’re not that much of a villain.” The reason why I pick the quote that Emilia was one of the characters that was not influenced by Iago and kept what she believed in. The reason why I pick the quote that supports free will because Emilia knew what was the truth and she made her choices reveal it regardless of Iago was trying to mislead her into what she said.
The first meaning of fate in the play is the outcome and predetermined events that someone cannot have control of what happen in the play. The events that happen in Act 5, Iago and Roderigo had a plan of killing Cassio. Roderigo and Iago had attempted to injure Cassio to where he needs medical attention. However, he still survives and Iago was saying to himself that this night is going to either break us or make us. Iago sees that whatever happens could land him in prison or retain Cassio’s position. The reason why I pick the events because Iago where instead of being the outside force that influenced other people to do his plans, he now has to execute his plan and see what happens. The reason why I pick the events that supports fate because Iago is saying that other characters can influence the outcome depending of him executing his plans.
The second meaning is what fate is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their deed in future existences. Before Othello killed himself, he had to say this long speech about what he went through in the play: “Wait. A word or two before you go. I have given the state of Venice a bit of help in the past, and they know it. But enough about that. When you record these sad events in your letters, please describe me exactly as I am. Don’t tone things down or exaggerate them out of hostility. If you’re being fair, you’ll have describe me as a person who loved too much, but who wasn’t wise about it. I was not easily made jealous, but once was tricked and manipulated...” The reason why I pick the quote because Othello did not know anything about what he was getting into, this will allow Iago to get away by having Cassio’s position. The reason why the quote supports fate because Othello went along with what Iago was doing of deceiving everyone else to follow his plan until the truth came out of knowing Iago did something wrong.
In the play, I believe the characters were influence by fate...

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