Othello is the lead character of the play; he is an extremely respected general of the Venetian army. Othello is not a Venetian though; he is a moor, which indicates he is from North Africa. This puts Othello in a very unusual position; he is one of the most crucial people in the Venetian army and extremely highly regarded but is also an outsider because he is a black guy. I perceive Othello’s character at this moment in the play to be Ignorant, respectable and honest; he really has absolutely nothing to conceal.
His naivete’s will trigger Othello to make bad choices and shows that Iago (the villainous character that dislikes Othello and wishes to mess up Othello) can quickly trick Othello through his insecurities and self-consciousness of being a black outsider. We are revealed these attributes through; how Othello acts, what others do and think of and towards him, and what Othello says about himself. In Act 1 scene iii we see that Othello understands he is an outsider and is very conscience of this fact.
Othello is likewise very truthful, secure and positive about what he knows of fighting and that his life has actually been bravely filled with numerous battles; it’s the only thing he knows– “… 7 years’ pith till now some 9 moons wasted” (84-85). Othello is self– conscience that he is not like the Venetians and understands that he isn’t as smooth a talker as the Venetians– “Rude [he is] in speech”( 81 ). Although Othello does not believe he is a smooth talker he was able to win over Desdemona through discussing his life and battles– “This to hear would Desdemona seriously incline” (145 ).
This shows how sincere Othello truly is; he informed the amazing real stories of his life not realizing that Desdemona would discover them fantastic. When Desdemona secured the fact that the stories were enriching and powerful it offered Othello a brand-new self-confidence– “Which would charm [Desdemona] Upon this [he] spake” (166 ). Othello increases to an event when confronted with difficulties; He chose to go to war straight away and there was no question is his mind he would be going–“a natural and prompt alacrity [he] find [s] in hardness”( 232 ).
We see Othello make bad choices because of his Naivete’s; Othello puts Desdemona in the hands of “honest Iago”( 294 ). This line is remarkable irony and juxtaposition since we know that Iago is not a really honest male at all and Othello has made a really bad judgment of him. What individuals state about Othello, how they act towards him and what they call him are all ways we can see Othello’s Character. We see Othello being represented adversely in some circumstances– “worthy moor” (47 ). This reveals Othello’s race being compared with the word valiant; Being ‘Valiant’ is a positive thing but he is not calling Othello’s identity directly Valiant.
The duke then welcomes him as “Valiant Othello” (48 ). The Duke, who is expected to be the representation of justice, does the reverse of the ‘first senator’ and call’s Othello Valiant for who he is, and not what he is. Brabantio on the other hand fears Othello and accuses him of “witchcraft” (64 ). Brabantio compares Othello to the ‘supernatural’ and the ‘abnormal’ he thinks that Othello could never have actually gotten Desdemona on his own since that would be abnormal, due to the fact that he is abnormal (being black).
Likewise Brabantio never calls Othello by his name, always calling him “moor”( 71 ). This shows that Brabantio will never experience the true Othello since he will always be blinded by Othello’s race. His love, Desdemona says Othello’s Character is honorable and brave– “And to his honors and his valiant parts did I my soul and fortunes consecrate” (252 ). The Duke see’s what others can not see in Othello; he see’s goodness and justice in him– “your son-in-law is much more fair than black” (290 ). Iago see’s something different once again in Othello.
Through Iago we see Othello’s defect. Iago prepares to convince Othello that Desdemona is cheating; Iago can do this because Othello is a really trusting and Ignorant person–” [he] believes males honest that but seem to be so” (390 ). Through act 1 scene iii, we can see Othello’s character through what individuals state about him, how he acts and what he says about himself. Othello’s character is Naive, respectable and truthful. His naivete’s cause him to make bad decisions and show that Iago can easily deceive Othello through his insecurities and self-consciousness of being a black outsider.