At Iago?Othello at any point in the play

At first glance into the play, anyone could assume that Iago was the blame for othello’s downfall. Everyone thought Iago’s words were genuine. Othello himself addressed him as “Honest Iago” but instead his words were very misleading and dishonest, others say it is Othello’s fault as well. Iago goes through the entire play taunting and manipulating people to act wrongingly towards one another. Iago says many deceiving things and leading everyone to believe something that is wrong. In the play,, Iago convinces Othello that something is going on between Desdemona and Cassio which ultimately is the believed reason that caused Othello’s downfall. We know that in the beginning of the play there was little to no tension between the two until the end of the play, where othello took a turn for the worst. There are flaws, or just traits in general that help with Othello’s downfall, but does the downfall of Othello proceed from any flaw in his nature, or is his downfall entirely from the work of Iago?Othello at any point in the play could of stopped and re-evaluated his choice to kill his beloved wife Desdemona. This is what was quite literally the reasoning behind Othello’s downfall. Could it be all of Othello’s fault, or should the blame be put entirely on Iago? The reason that Othello did not take the time to think about the decisions that he made in the time was that he was so blinded by jealousy, worried his public image and how Desdemona is with Cassio that he acts on impulse in his decisions. Once Othello makes the decisions he makes, this is where the believed “downfall” takes place. Othello gets jealous of Cassio very quickly that his very wife is believed to be having sexual relations with this man. Othello is speaking with Desdemona when he says “Was this fair paper, this most goodly book, made to write “whore” upon? What commited? Committed? Othou Public commoner!” (IV ii 73-75).  This giving an example on how Othello was very quick to assume that his beloved wife had cheated on him, and how he never once did  he listen to he take on what happened. Othello was blinded by his own jealousy, is exactly was the reason the tragedy in the play occurred. This impact on poor judgement also affects his trust. Othello trusts Iago over his own wife, this could be to do with the whole of male dominance in the play or simply because he just doesn’t trust Desdemona as a person, because the real love is not there. Othello gets angry and had poor judgement along with a hint of jealousy and that could have been what influenced the downfall. Iago also had a Manipulation ability that he quite often used to his advantage. This is where some people might say that he was the fault for Othello’s downfall. Iago’s bitterness and resentment towards othello causes him to be fooled into falling into Iago’s master plan. To start off, Iago was upset because Othello thinks he is better for the job, so right there is some jealousy and tension between the two of them. Iago is believed to be racist because of the comments that he makes about Othello’s non Venetian background. This may be one of the main reasons that Iago is so adamant to make Othello take a turn for the worst. For example, in the conversation with Desdemona’s father, Othello is described as a “an old black ram is tupping your white ewe” (I i 90-91). Another reason Iago feels hate towards Iago is because there was rumors that Othello slept with his own wife, Emilia. Iago comes off as a very jealous and selfish person, so much to where he would do anything to ruin the loving relationship between Othello and Desdemona. Iago cannot stand the fact that Othello has a loving relationship and he does not, so he longs to destroy the beautiful relationship that the two of them shared. Othello says “I’ll have some proof. My name, that was as fresh as Dian’s Visage, is now begrimed and black as mine own face” (III iii 400-403). Iago has used the feeling of isolation  against Othello to manipulate him, and  give him something to relate to, making the image more clear and vivid in his head, and also as a “weapon” against him, to make him feel insecure and isolated from the people around him.We as readers can see that if Othello would of handled his emotions with more thought, than the downfall would of had a different ending or possibly could of not had a downfall at all. Othello was influenced by his anger and was quick to assume while Iago sat back and instigated the situation. We as readers do see how Iago holds some sense of responsibility for being devious and immoral as he was, we can agree that it was always in Othello’s nature to act on impulse and let his ego get the best of him and letting his jealousy take control. Even though Iago gave Othello a reason to act out on this subject, it was Othello’s decision to perform the tragic flaw that he did, and not handle the situation accordingly. If  Desdemona and Othello were truly in love, the topic could of been resolved and handled in a better way than it did. Instead we can assume that Desdemona was a “trophy” piece to Othello, and not so much of a romantic relationship to Othello as it was made out to be. By the look of these examples, we can assume that Othello was the main reason for the blame of his own downfall.

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