This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Othello Is Solely Responsible For His Downfall In Shakespeare's Othello

1724 words - 7 pages

I believe Iago has nothing to do with Othello's downfall as Othello is an easily mislead man who is easily influenced. Not only did Iago not directly say Desdemona was having an affair, he neither didn’t give proof to confirm the rumours. By Othello believing the lies, it surfaces his inability to trust and have faith in his own wife. Othello is written by William Shakespeare and was set in Cyprus and Venice during the 16th century. It is about a well-respected military soldier who due to lies and deceits killed his wife for no reason and after turned the knife towards himself. The play illustrates how much one could be polluted in such little time; with the ‘facts’ based upon suspicions and assumptions from a source who was determined to kill him. Venice is a town in where Othello and Desdemona wed. It was convenient for the beginning part of the play as it was one of the most powerful cities of the time. It had a thriving atmosphere and was noted for the pleasures it offered in the way of arts and music. However, Cyprus is an alternative to Venice. It is a foreign, strange exotic place which is desolated and has a lot of open space. Since the war finished before it begun, the main focus reverts to Othello and Desdemona.

Iago is introduced to the audience as a jealous man who finds faults in others, pointing out the missing qualities in him. He is seen as a trouble maker as he wants to go and disturb a resting man to start a commotion.
‘Call up her father.
Rouse him. Make after him, Poison his delight,
Proclaim him in the streets. Incense her kinsmen,’
He is a sneaky and two-faced character as when he proposes his exit, he explains his plan; to show signs of loyalty and affection, even it it’s just an act.
‘I must show out a flag and sign of love,
Which is indeed a sign.’
As an audience, the first impression we get of Iago is he is a jealous man but can sometimes be making a good point. But we can’t make a final judgement as his true characteristics have not yet surfaced. We learn through Iago that Othello is a terrible man as he supposedly stole Brabantio’s innocent daughter, Desdemona, and married her during the night; with the use of witchcraft and black magic to posses her into marrying him as Brabantio says;
‘O thou foul thief, where hast thou stowed my daughter?
Damned as thou art, thou hast enchanted her!’
We learn Othello through Iago that he is an easy target to manipulate because he is so open:
‘And will as tenderly be led by th’ nose
As asses are.’
Othello can be lead into anything just because he believes everybody is a good honest person. In some cases, like Iago’s, this is a bad thing as he can be fooled easily by false assumptions. He also says he is an open and a straightforward person.
“The Moor is of free and open nature
That thinks men honest that but seem to be so…”
He is approachable and straight forward man who supposedly has favourites, unfair, and always and must have his own way. We soon find out...

Find Another Essay On Othello is Solely Responsible for his Downfall in Shakespeare's Othello

Macbeth is Responsible for his Own Downfall

1078 words - 5 pages his own fault and, if indeed, the lions share of the blame can be placed on Macbeth, what does this mean for his sense of self? The idea that Macbeth was originally a good man at the start of the play is confused at best. We first here of him through the witches in the very first scenes, which gives him an automatic association with the powers of evil present in the play. After this, we hear him described as 'noble' but in this same description

Shakespeare's Othello - Desdemona in Othello

1883 words - 8 pages Brabantio’s virtual disowning of her and not allowing her to live in his house while Othello’s campaign against the Turks in Cyprus is in progress. Thus it would seem that Desdemona has been living her life with a father who is primarily interested in self and less in Desdemona. And yet she has emerged unscarred psychologically, and capable of deep love for Othello.   Entrusted to the ancient’s care and that of his Emilia, Desdemona arrives at

To What Extent is Oedipus Responsible for His Own Downfall?

1230 words - 5 pages A special attribute of Greek tragedy is that the central character is known to have a tragic imperfection that contribute to the fall of the character. In the play Oedipus Rex this characteristic is not an exception. Nevertheless, until what point was Oedipus responsible for his own downfall? There are many theories that can give an answer to this question. Was it destiny or a manipulation of the gods? Or was it a punishment for his

Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello

1638 words - 7 pages Jealousy in Othello                 Shakespeare is known for his exceptional ability to compose plays full of deceit, trickery, revenge, and jealousy. The play Othello, evolves around the theme of jealousy.   One of Shakespeare's most credible characteristics in his writing is his ability to compose a play in which has a story that originates, and strides on lies. As theses lies were unraveled the central theme of his play became

Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

1727 words - 7 pages molds a spiraling logical path for Othello to self destruct. The logic behind Shakespeare's plot in Othello forms a bond with the audience that is relatable, a key feature most protagonists share (Hull ). Othello is remarked as an individual key to the success of Venice, a commander of renowned intelligence. Such high remarks fall back to the council of who Othello trusts, his companion and trusted advisor Iago (Portman ). Iago maintains his

Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello

749 words - 3 pages General and head of the Army of Venice he's a warrior, honest and loves his new wife Desdemona very much. His only error is to trusting his insight, Iago, too much and allowing Iago to come between his marriage. Iago makes Othello believe his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him, and Othello kills her for it. At the end, when Othello realizes that Desdemona was always faithful to him, he commits suicide in agony. Iago is Othello's insight, and the

Ignorance in Shakespeare's Othello

714 words - 3 pages mind not thinking about the effect it would have on a person. Or is he right or wrong about the statement he made? Is she really “blind, or lame of sense” for falling in love with a person like him? Then Othello speaks up for himself saying “Her father loved me, oft invited me, Still questioned me the story of my life” (Ln 149) If he knew so much about him, why would he have doubts and suspicions about who his daughter married? If he did not

"Shylock's Downfall". To what extent is Shylock responsible for his downfall in the play The Merchant Of Venice?

2757 words - 11 pages Shylock's downfallShylock, in the play; The Merchant of Venice, is partially responsible for his downfall. The trickery of the Christians, the legal savvy of Portia and the highly technical nature of the bond were all major factors contributing Shylock's demise, which, as evident in the play, could not have been avoided by Shylock. Shylock's hunger for revenge, his un-planned arrangements, in regards to the legal proceedings and his dealings

Shakespeare's Othello

1495 words - 6 pages his discipline; or from what/other course you please,” (II.i.271-274). Lack of comprehension of these hidden plots lead to Cassio’s dismissal, a turning point down the path of tragedy for the play. Iago purposely constructs incomprehension in Othello; due to Iago’s manipulation, Othello believes that Iago is loyal to him. Iago says directly to Othello: “I humbly do beseech you of your pardon/For too much loving you.” (III.iii.247,248) With this

Macbeth Was Responsible For His Own Downfall

1531 words - 6 pages Macbeth is the driving force behind Macbeth’s downfall Lady Macbeth? The driving force behind Macbeth’s downfall? Certainly not. Macbeth was completely and solely responsible for all the acts of great evil which were to lead to his downfall, and to even suggest the blame can be shifted on his wife is ludicrous.      From his very first meeting with the witches, Macbeth’s mind became instantly plagued with thoughts of

Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello

1151 words - 5 pages his skin. The character that most commonly makes racist remarks in Othello is Iago. It is very apparent that Iago uses racism as a scapegoat to hate and blame Othello. Societal racism takes its toll on its victims. The effect of racism on Othello is quite evident and is one of the main causes for his insecurity about his marriage. However, Othello is not wholly the tragedy of racism. The theme of jealousy is also extremely important in

Similar Essays

To What Extent Is Othello Responsible For His Own Downfall?

1536 words - 6 pages himself be tricked by the lies of Iago, and so it was he who was responsible for his own downfall. After finding that his wife was faithful, he changes from the man we once knew. He is a broken man, broken because he killed the one thing he was passionate about. Othello's guilt is eventually the killer.Othello's lack of self-knowledge makes him easy prey for Iago. Othello's jealousy stems from his insecurity and feelings of inferiority. If Othello

"Shylock's Downfall": Is Shylock Responsible For His Downfall In Shakespeare's Play The Merchant Of Venice?

2270 words - 9 pages Shylock's Downfall: The Merchant of VeniceBy Raghav Kaushik [KorektPhool]In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock is partially responsible for his own downfall. Shylock is a victim of a society that values trade over human life; he falls foul to a city that regards Jews such as himself as inferiors; and even the intricate details of the law plays a part in his demise. It is true that Shylock feeds fat to the fire by

The Criminal Is Not Solely Responsible For His Crime

2295 words - 9 pages corner-stone of the temple is not higher than the lowest stone in its foundation" (46-47). The criminal is not solely responsible for his crime. There is much truth in the maxim "No man is an island. No man stands alone. Each man is my brother. Each man is my friend."     WORKS CITED Bland, Bobby "Blue" "Poverty" Epic Records, 1967 Burr, John R. and Milton Goldinger, "Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (Prentice Hall) 1995. Gibran, Kahlil "The Prophet" (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.) 1997. Pages 42-47. Hugo, Victor "Les Miserables" Miller, Alice "For Your Own Good" (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) 1990.

Macbeth Is Responsible For His Own Downfall

713 words - 3 pages Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall. Do you agree?In the beginning of the play Macbeth, the witches confronted Macbeth and Banquo and prophesied that Macbeth would be "Thane of Glamis", "Thane of Cawdor" and " King hereafter". As from then, we acknowledge that Macbeth is a weak character. Macbeth could have dismissed the prophecies as fantastical like Banquo did. But instead Macbeth chooses to believe in those miss-interpreted