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Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

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The play Othello was littered with accusations and errors of many people. Some hurt one another for self benefit, some did for revenge, but some others were just plain stupid. Nobody stuck up for themselves as normal human beings should do in times of need, instead just sitting and taking it, letting the antagonist win the battles and eventually the war. All of this is true, but the primary example of stupidity in this book is the main character, Othello. Othello is hands down the dumbest character in the book, clearly not having the ability to use his head and get his facts straight in any shape or form. He is solely to blame for his own actions in the book because he lets Iago control his beliefs, he is overcome by jealousy, his love for Desdemona, and his goodness to people.
One reason Othello is to blame for his own actions, is because he lets Iago control his thoughts and actions. Iago takes advantage of Othello by using Othello’s trust and goodness against him. Othello, just by trusting Iago, already has the virus implanted inside his brain without knowing it. Iago has set out to destroy Othello all for his own good, and plans to ruin his relationships, not only with his wife, but also with his friends and everybody else. This cruel, yet effective, method used by Iago starts spreading that virus like wildfire, slowly crippling Othello’s state of security and by taking over his conscience. This is when he starts believing Iago’s words, and Othello starts turning against his wife, and all of the others that are close to him. He starts a hatred against his wife and starts treating her like crap. His friend Cassio starts to become part of an attack plot from these repercussions, because Othello wants to kill him for “cheating with his wife”. The worst part of the whole thing is that Othello takes Iago’s side. When the accusations are defended, Othello refuses to believe them and believes Iago. He just let him control his thoughts and everything, this is the start of Othello’s great demise.

Second reason that lead to his demise was his jealously, and his love for Desdemona. The love he had for his wife may have been very strong and real, but although this is true, it is an absolute flaw. Due to this, he was an easy target to beat. Iago, with his intentions, was smart enough to see the major weak spot in Othello. Iago planted the bug into Othello’s head that his wife was cheating on him. Furthermore, he framed it on his friend and soldier Cassio. With Othello was pushed to the brink of insanity from all of this...

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