Othello criticism

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Othello Psychological Criticism In the tragic play, Othello , by William Shakespeare, the development of the plot highlights the motivations of Othello as his thought process decays from being one of his own to being one controlled by the deceiving Iago. Othello’s obsession with the notion that Desdemona is romantically linked to Cassio eventually leads to Othello’s hasty murder of Desdemona. The motivation of Othello to take Desdemona’s life near the end of the play can mostly be interpreted as the result of Iago’s constant manipulation. Throughout the play, Iago is driven by his resentment of Cassio after Cassio’s promotion and his hatred towards Othello derived from his suspicion that Othello has affections for his wife, Emilia. After he earns Othello’s trust by posing as an informant, he plots different ways of providing evidence to convince Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. The overwhelming evidence he presents to Othello, including what appears to be a verbal confession of the relationship from Cassio, drives the once poised Othello to the destruction of his wife’s life and then his own. Although Othello’s absolute reliance on Iago for information may appear nonsensical to readers, underlying factors indicate the reasons behind Othello’s tragic downfall. To begin with, one factor that caused Othello to become susceptible to Iago’s lies is his relationship with Desdemona. In the beginning, it is shown that the marriage between Othello and Desdemona was extremely hasty. It later becomes clear that Othello is not in love with Desdemona, but the idea of Desdemona. In Othello’s eyes, Desdemona is pure, innocent, and faithful. However, once her image is tainted by Iago’s deliberate accusations, Othello’s opinion of Desdemona completely changes without confirming the details with Desdemona herself. According to Coleridge, author of Lectures and Notes on
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Shakespeare and Other English Poets, “Othello does not kill Desdemona in jealousy, but in the belief that she, his angel had fallen, from the heaven of her native innocence” (Egregiously… 5). Othello’s marriage clearly lacks communication and understanding, as Othello blindly trusted Iago’s words over Desdemona’s. In addition, the fact that Othello was a marginalized character in society greatly
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