Othello Reading Log
William Shakespare’s catastrophe Othello reveals the theme of impression and truth through Othello’s impressions that his loving, caring, truthful better half has dedicated adultery. These illusions are created by jealous Iago who plants seeds of unpredictability and doubt into Othello’s mind and turns his world upside down. Othello’s fall comes partly because he can’t distinguish between the impressions produced by Iago and reality, which is that Desdemona likes him and has been devoted to him as well as the reality of Iago’s real nature.
The impression produced by Iago’s ‘proof’ is the main incident which causes Othello’s rely on Desdemona to break down. Iago uses Desdemona’s handkerchief given by Othello to do this. The handkerchief is a visual pointer of Othello’s and Desdemona’s love for one another. Iago acquires the handkerchief and converts its significance into evidence of Desdemona’s infidelity with Cassio. Cassio is seen with Desdemona’s scarf by Othello and jumps to the conclusion that Cassio and his cherished wife Desdemona are having an affair.
The handkerchief seems proof of Desdemona’s cheating, when in truth the scarf is misleading evidence that is planted into the hands of the unconcerned Cassio by the villainous Iago. Throughout the play as Othello ends up being a growing number of insane and untrusting of Desdemona. I kept believing to myself how outrageous the scenario was. All Othello had to do is ask Desdemona what was going on and discuss their feelings with one another. Desdemona is consistently thought for her dishonesty. The play depends greatly on the characters not seeing things.
Othello implicates Desdemona however never ever sees her devoting extramarital relations and thinks Iago over his spouse. Othello totally trusts Iago and refers to him as ‘honest Iago’, throughout much of the play. Iago is regularly being applauded for his honesty by all of the characters consisting of Desdemona and even describes himself as ‘sincere.’ Without Iago’s look of sincerity Othello would never ever have actually been seduced into a jealous frenzy resulting in the killing of his innocent other half and his suicide. In his final words Othello states that he understands he has “lov ‘d not sensibly, but too well.” He has actually enabled impressions to control his judgement.