Human nature, what is it? Is it what defines us as humans, separating us from good and evil; or what? What ever it’d be, it relates to our daily; and in truth, human nature is the idea of good and evil. “Othello” by William Shakespeare, depicts the negative side of human nature. Shakespeare demonstrates innocence and lust together in play, in order to illustrate the ideas of ignorance, distress, hypocrisy, and honesty. Ironically, Shakespeare depicts positive aspects of human nature but later reputes them by portraying their contradictions in order to present the conclusion of humanity’s self-righteous greed. Shakespeare’s intent is to illuminate humanity’s greed which extends to human nature feeding off the idea of ostentation.
Shakespeare initializes “Othello” with a conversation between Iago, the antagonist, Roderigo, a separate antagonist, and Barbantio, Desdemona’s father. In their conversation, Iago and Roderigo proclaim to Barbantio utter nonsense and accusations of Othello, that despite their ridiculous credibility, Barbantio is persistent in agreeing and believing. Overall, because of the complicated situation of Desdemona marrying Othello, Barbantio is blinded by his ignorance and refuses to accept Othello as a victim rather than a villain; a victim of hatred and jealousy.
Shakespeare also demonstrates Othello’s understanding of Iago’s continuous allegations as being optimistic and humored. Othello has little doubt that Desdemona would be unfaithful to him, but when he adopts a sarcastic tone after replying to Iago, Othello implies his insecurities. In other words, despite Othello slight recognition of Iago’s claim being false, Othello still feels that Desdemona would be unfaithful.
Shakespeare later continues Othello’s doubt by depicting Othello and Desdemona’s...