Othelloessay - Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3...

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Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3 Assignment 4 Iago’s Recipe for Disaster in Othello Shakespeare’s Othello evokes feelings of fear and pity for the hero Othello throughout the play. As an observer of Othello’s dramatic fall to insanity, it is hard not to sympathize with poor Othello in his trials and tribulations. Othello’s madness quickly becomes his greatest adversary as he lets it transform and overcome him until his fateful demise. Iago is the perpetrator responsible for Othello’s madness. His motives are left to much speculation, as he appears to be a figure of pure evil similar to Aaron in Titus Andronicus . Othello is presented by Shakespeare in the beginning of the play as a steadfast general, respected by his colleagues as they greet him in their council the duke greets Othello with the title, “valiant Othello” (1.3.50). Othello’s presence among the court is highly favored, and thus the conversation concerning he and Desdemona’s wedding is brief and successful as the elder’s believe that Othello is a proper suitor. Brabantio, Desdemona’s father is somewhat reluctant, yet he still agrees to the union of his daughter. He feels as if he has been duped by his daughter and gives Othello his advice that Othello might have subconsciously heeds the advice. Brabantio says to Othello: “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see; / She has decev’d her father, and may thee” (1.3.292-295). Perhaps part of Othello’s downfall is credited to his trustworthiness, he could have
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 3573 taught by Professor Rhsanford during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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Othelloessay - Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3...

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