Gender In Othello Essay

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Of all the characters in Shakespeare’s works, none fall harder or faster than that of Othello, The Moor of Venice. Easily swayed and wrought by jealousy, Othello’s downfall is brought on by the fact that he doesn’t believe in himself. This uncertainty is the basis upon which unfolds one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Through the in depth analysis of both Othello and Iago, I will serve to prove that Shakespeare was illustrating the fact that disaster is the only outcome of men lead by wild emotion and pride.
As the play starts, Iago assures Roderigo that he detests Othello, and he states that the only true motivation for this hatred is because he was passed up for promotion, and that ...view middle of the document...

His view is that only those that look out for themselves in the end possess “some soul”; and that the rest are just plain stupid and ignorant for not doing so. A man who works with no benefit to himself is extremely naive. This also ties in with his later quote “I am not what I am” (I.i. 67). Iago fully admits to wearing a mask to hide his true intentions, for that is what you must do to be enlightened in his eyes.
To see Othello before his fall within the play is a little difficult because he is the bane of Iago’s trickery early on. Othello is a moral character who’s foremost duty is to that of the city. He thinks extremely highly of himself and carries himself in the same way as well. People look to him to lead and he does that successfully. Time and time again Othello proves that he is the contrast of Iago’s “I am not what I am,” until he starts to unravel because of Iago. He is a great commander and brilliant tactician but knows little about other things. His weakness is the fact that he is a one dimensional character. The Moor’s undoing was the fact that Iago knew Othello more than Othello knew himself. “The Moor is of a free and open nature / That thinks men honest but seem to be so” (I.iii. 336-337). Here Iago is stating that Othello is too trusting in nature and that will lead to his demise.
The main problem with Othello is that he holds himself above everything else. He has no fear of death in battle because that would only cement his...

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