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Honesty And Trust Throughout Othello Play

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Honesty can be defined as free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere. In Shakespeare’s
play, “Othello”, honesty has a very ironic pat. The theme of this play is basically all about
honesty and trust. Throughout “Othello” you will be able to notice the irony of how honesty is
used. It all begins when Othello put Michael Cassio, who is not as experienced of a soldier as
lieutenant over Iago. Iago is very jealous of Cassio and has hatred toward Iago that he starts
coming up with plans to ruin Othello and Michael Cassio. First off Iago wants to frame
Desdamonia making it seem as if she is having an affair with Cassio. Iago is very smart and
knows since he is trusted by Othello that Othello will believe anything he says. Iago is even
given the name “Honest Iago” despite how honest he really is. Knowing he is portrayed as very
honest even by Othello himself, Iago uses it to his advantage . You can see this happen when
Iago frames Michael Cassio and then later tells him that he will help him get his job back
through Desdomonia. By doing this he is planning frame Cassio and Desdomonia as having an
affair to make Othello jealous. Iago planned to fire Cassio and it worked in his favor, but now
seems to be helping his “friend” to keep his reputation and use it to manipulate other characters
of this play.
The handkerchief in the play that gets moved around from character to character because
of Iago is very symbolic. It symbolized not only love but also trust between Othello and
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Desdamonia. When Othello believes that his wife is cheating on him he tells her he isn’t feeling
too well so she gives him the handkerchief. He tells her it’s too small lets it fall and Emilia grabs
it. Emilia takes the handkerchief because Iago keeps telling her to get it for him. Iago plants the
handkerchief in Cassio’s room to give “evidence” to Othello that his wife and Cassio are having
an affair. Othello is very angry with Desdomonia when he asks her for this handkerchief and she
cannot tell him where it is, especially because that was his first gift he had ever given to her. As
the handkerchief becomes lost so does the “trust.”Cassio is impressed by the pattern of the
handkerchief he finds in his room and asks his prostitute to make a copy for him. Iago once again
has a very evil plan and has Othello hear Cassio and him talk about Bianca, his prostitute, but
tells Othello it’s about Desdomonia. All these plans Iago has shows his dishonesty and
manipulation with each and every character. From Emilia to Bianca to Othello and Cassio, Iago
is not what he seems to be and all of these characters keep getting fooled by it. Othello believes
all these things and claims Desdomonia is a whore he thinks she is dishonest when she is indeed

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