Othello - Character Analysis
In the play Othello, the character of Othello has certain
traits which make him seem naive and unsophisticated compared
to many other people. This is why Iago, to get his just rewards
uses him as a scapegoat. Iago told Roderigo, " O,sir,
content you. I follow him [Othello] to serve my turn upon him
"(I, i lines 38-9). Iago is saying, he only follows Othello to a
point, and upon reaching it he will not follow him any longer.
Iago has opened my eyes to see the real meaning of deceit.
No matter what, Iago will try to take advantage of Othello any
time and he will be easily lead to believe the lies of Iago.
The Moor, as many Venetians call him, is of strong character.
He is very proud and in control of every move throughout
the play. The control is not only of power but of the sense of
his being who he is, a great warrior. In Act I, Othello has a
scuffle with Brabantio, who has come to kill him, but before
anything could happen Othello said, "Hold your hands, both
of you of my inclining and the rest. Were it my cue to fight, I
should have known it without a prompter" (I, ii, lines 80-3).
The power shown here is quite astounding.
The nature of Othello's character is of a dark man. A dark man,
not only because he is black, but also because his whole
person is very mysterious. He is mysterious in that he believes
there is magic brewing everywhere. With this dark side he
is also very outgoing, and not very bright. He isn't observant
and the schemes of Iago work well on him. Though he
doesn't reflect too much on his past, except occasional
ventures of wars fought, he does let his emotions run his life.
For all the dangers and encounters he has been involved in,