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The Path From Temptation To Destruction In Othello By William Shakespeare

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Does temptation ever have the ability to be good? Temptation is often seen as a social stigma. It is lesser known to hear someone speak about good or positive temptation. For example, you can be tempted to want to donate to a charity because you want to help others. Good temptation encourages one to get things done, and not put them off. Overall, temptation comes in many different sizes, shapes, and forms. Shakespeare often uses his plays to to reveal how people fail to notice temptation because it is sometimes hard to distinguish from normal desires and ultimately leads to destruction. For example, in Othello Roderigo desires Desdemona so much that he willingly waits to kill ...view middle of the document...

Emilia is so eager to please her husband Iago but all he does is mock and disrespet her. Emilia is desperate for Iago’s attnention and this is seen when she states” I nothing but to please his fantasy,"(III.IV.III)When Emilia says to please his fantasy she means that whatever Iago wants she will get it for him.After Emilia does Iago’s dirty work for him he simply sends her way as usual. In reality, there is nothing Emilia can do to please Iago because he doesn’t love her, and could care less about women in general. Iagos careless attitude is seen when he angrily tells Emilla O good wench give it to me” (I.I.19.325). Iago calling his wife a wench gives insight on why Emilia feels rejected because her own husband talks to her as if she is nothing. Emilia’s downfall is that she wants to please her husband so bad that her desparity causes her to not think about the consequences of her actions.
Iago’s temptation is the rumor he creates about Desdemona’s affair with Cassio in order to get revenge on Othello. Iago sucesfully...

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