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Unformatted text preview: In the beginning of the play, Iago is seen as the one who manipulates Othellos trust for Desdemona into doubt and jealousy. However, by the end of the third and fourth act, is it is questionable if Iago is truly the maneuverer or if Othello is in command of his own thoughts and actions. Does Iago perpetuate Othellos madness or does the jealousy originate from his own judgment? The play forces the reader to question if Othello is able to think on his own or simply believe whatever he is told. As a commanding officer, leader of the Venetian army, it seems unlikely that Othello could be so easily influenced. In the first few acts Othello seems to blindly following Iago as he makes indiscrete accusations about Desdemona, but it is Othello who commands Iago to speak his mind. Othello asks questions and urges Iago to speak: Why of thy thought, Iago? (3.3.), Indeed? Ay, indeed! Discernst thou aught in that? Is he not honest? (3.3), if thou dost love me/Show me thy thought (3.3). He is a rational and practical military dost love me/Show me thy thought (3....
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- Fall '11