Othello's Responsibility for Desdemona's Death
Othello is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. Its controversial
issues and passionate characters excite audiences around the world. In
the United States, the first ever on-stage kiss between a "black" man
and a "white" woman occurred in a 1943 production of the play that
went on to be the longest running Shakespearean play in the country's
Othello is a play written in the early 17th century. It has many
characters who are Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Roderigo, Cassio and
Emilia. Othello, Desdemona and Iago are the main characters.
Othello focuses on the relationship between ''Othello and Desdemona''.
Iago, Emilia and Roderigo play a big role in the relationship.
It is a tale of love and deceit. Iago, Othello's friend is being
duplicitous. That causes rafts between Othello and Desdemona. Which
leads to Desdemona being strangled by Othello.
Looking at that Othello has been stupid to believe what Iago has said
to him. For example, on one occasion Othello suspects Cassio, ''ha! I
like not that''. This explains to us that Iago making Othello
suspicious that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair, Othello
really does believe Iago.
That makes Othello responsible for Desdemona's death. For example,
when Othello sees Cassio talking to Desdemona, Iago winds him up and
says he should beware jealousy, the ''green eyed monster''. This
explains to us that from now on you have to take on jealousy as well.
The era this play is set in was very racist. They did not like
dark-skinned people. It is very unlike now. That is partly the reason
why the tragedy of Othello the play started.
Othello is a very happy character at the start of the play. He trusts
his wife. He is a really good friend of Iago and Cassio. Othello is a
man with everything. He has a position in society. A Moor, and an
officer in the Venetian military. He falls in love with, and marries,
the delicate Desdemona, though he is middle-aged, and she is still
young. Othello is bold, a good warrior, and a decent person overall;
however, he is undone by jealousy and pride, his two main failings.
Although Othello is very eloquent, he believes his manners and words
are both rough.
At the beginning of the play Othello trusts himself a lot. For
example, 'my services which I have done my signiory shall out-tongue
his complaints'. Here Othello is saying that Iago can do as much as he
can but the hard work I have done shall definitely reward me.
Iago is also a very important character in the play. Othello's ensign,
and passed over for the lieutenant position in favour of Cassio. Iago
is young and treacherous; he is a villain from the start, and though
he cites his hurt pride over the lost promotion and Othello's alleged
infidelity with Iago's wife Emilia as...