My perception of william shakespeares othello

Othello is more naturally predisposed to believe this

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Othello is more naturally predisposed to believe this "idea" rather than to engage in rational discourse in an attempt to find the real logic of the situation. It is also unclear weather or not the position of soldier and that of husband can be percieved as two seperate role's. Yet the two seem inextricably intertwined. Military operations are Othello's primary priority. Othello had been a soldier since he was seven years old (" ...since these arms of mine had seven years' pith ..... they have us'd/ Their dearest action in the tented field" 1.3.83-85). So Othello was not a newcomer to the battlefield. Yet, Othello encounters a battlefield the likes of which he has never seen when he marries Desdemona and enters Venetian society -- the rules are different, the enemy has more cunning, and words are used for weapons. Military service and marriage are not incompatible -- Othello has the potential to make a perfectly suitable husband (as well as lover) to Desdemona. Othello only self-destructs because he and his inferiority complex fall victim to the duplicitous and vengeful Iago on society's battlefield. Perhaps Othello's precipitous change from ordered general to chaotic killer occurs because he is black. Africans were starting to appear in London at the time of Shakespeare and were viewed with suspicion, to say the least. It is not inconceivable that Shakespeare exploited this popular fear of the nature of these black Africans and portrayed Othello as a vengeful savage. Is Othello a noble minority with jealousy as his single fatal flaw, or is he an over-reacher whose pride causes his ultimate downfall? I don't believe he is truely either. He is an outsider who has tried to believe he has been fully integrated in a society he really knows only tolerates him. He could hardly believe that Desdemona would love him from the beginning, and it actually makes more sense to him that she would love Casio than that she loves him. Iago plays on this insecurity by presenting his lies as more believable than reality. Othello's flaw is that he loves Desdemona blindly and unrealistically. For that reason, Iago knows that such a naive man as Othello who loves his wife in this way can be corrupted. In Act 2, Scene 3, Iago speaks of Othello's relationship with Desdemona and
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joyously proclaims that Othello's "soul is so enfetter'd to her love/ That she my make, unmake, do what she list,/ Even as her appetite shall play the god/ With his weak function"(351-54). Iago is absolutely determined to pervert this man who has declared that he will deny his wife nothing. Iago is certain that Othello can be corrupted simply because of his idealistic love for Desdemona. Othello's inclination to trust Iago is easily perceived, as I have already noted (" The Moor already changes with my poison" (3.3.325). Iago almost assumes here the role of a Frankenstein- kind of doctor, creating and delighting in the making of a monster. Readers hearts respond greatly to the final breakdown of Othello's once ordered existance as he desperately clings to the
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