Othello Essay - A Different View on Othello and Iago Emily Richardson EvCC English Loucks Period 2 While reading Othello it is natural to analyze the

Othello Essay - A Different View on Othello and Iago Emily...

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A Different View on Othello and Iago Emily RichardsonEvCC EnglishLoucks Period 2 01/25/2017While reading Othello, it is natural to analyze the characters immediately, labelingsome evil, some innocent, the hero, the enemy, and everywhere in between. Othello is
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a different situation. Shakespeare, per his usual, requires deeper evaluation than what our first instincts tell us. Even within the book, Iago is labeled as evil and devil-like, whileOthello is known as the noble Moor. When one reads Othello, one would think that Othello and Iago are opposites, but upon closer examination, they’re actually very similar. They show similarities in jealousy as well as revenge, but there is only one thingthat sets them apart: their personal levels of morality. Othello and Iago share something very important: jealousy. Iago is known for ruining the Moor’s life with his crude actions due to his jealousy. According to Alexander Crawford, in The Moral Enigma of Shakespeare’s Othello he says regarding Iago, “This man is a ‘being next to devil, and only not quite devil.’ It is his evil and jealous mind that works all the harm done to Othello and his wife.” (Crawford 1). This is blaming all of the tragedy on Iago; that every bad thing done to Othello and Desdemona was solely Iago’sfault. This view on the situation is dry and supportless, because you could say that all ofthe tragedy was Othello’s fault as well. For example, in Othello, Othello says, “O curse of marriage,/ that we can call these delicate creatures ours/ And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad/ And live upon the vapor of a dungeon,/ Than keep a corner in the thing I love/ For others’ uses” (III, iii, 309-314). This is where Shakespeare uses a soliloquyto make the reader automatically sympathize with Othello. Othello is exclaiming how unfair it is that any woman could hurt a man like this, for their appetites aren’t satisfied with just their man, but with many. This is also the mark of Othello’s jealousy. Othello is starting to become jealous and feel his situation is unfair, exactly how Iago felt. Both of these men have jealousies that obviously hit both of them with equal strength, and as will be explained later, leads to their craving for revenge.
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When you look at what is happening to Othello, most think of how unfair and unjust it is that Iago is treating Othello this way. In Othello’s Relationship with Iagoby Alexander Crawford, he points out, “This he thinks will serve to revenge himself on Othello for both offences at one blow:And nothing can, or shall content my soul/ Till I am even'd with him, wife, for wife./ Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor/ At least into a jealousy so strong/ That judgment cannot cure (II, i, 331-5)”. Crawford shows us the more humane side of Iago, and how he thought about this out of revenge for retribution, not simply for no reason at all. Iago felt he had a substantial reason to do something to get revenge on Othello. In Othello,
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