Tragedy of Othello
Who or what is accountable for the catastrophe in Othello? In Shakespeare’s Othello almost every character ranging from Brabantio to Emilia is rather responsible for the tragedy, emotions are likewise at play in the tragedy. Essentially the main individual or later on described as a “devil” is Iago, the fiendish manipulator pulling the strings. Throughout the play Iago jumps at any effort to screw up Othello and Desdemona’s relationship and quite literally anybody who gets in his method including his own wife Emilia, whom he later on stabs in a last act of cowardice and Michael Cassio who holds the rank of lieutenant, which is essentially what Iago wants.
Iago begins thwarting Othello at the very start of the play by going to Brabanzio and attempting to stir him and turn him versus Othello, this is shown by his lots of animal epithets such as “Even now, extremely now an old black ram is tupping your white ewe. “- Act 1 scene 1 lines 88-89. He continues these charades even in Cyprus and continues up until completion. Emilia played a substantial part in the failure also. Although her marital relationship to Iago appears extremely rocky and the amount of disrespect Iago reveals towards her, she helps Iago by providing him the scarf when it’s come by Desdemona in Act 3.
The handkerchief was supposedly produced by a gypsy and offered to Othello’s mom, whom utilized it to charm his dad and upon passing away offered it Othello and bid him to provide it to his mistress so they would stay together. Upon learning the function she played in the death of Desdemona, Emilia is absolutely disgusted by Iago and challenges Othello, telling him that she found the handkerchief and provided it to Iago who planted it in Cassio’s quarters. “She offered it Cassio? No, alas, I discovered it, And did give’t my spouse.” Act 4 scene 2 lines 231-232.
She is mortally wounded by Iago soon after. Roderigo was another character who was controlled by Iago exceptionally. Towards the start of the play Roderigo wishes to drown himself upon finding out that Desdemona married Othello, however is told to “Put money in thine bag” by Iago, who was quite actually taking money and whatever he might out of Roderigo. The fool follows through with all of Iago’s strategies to sabotage Cassio such as engaging him in a brawl when he was intoxicated which triggers him to be benched, Iago promoted and himself injured.
It appears that Roderigo’s idiocy knows no bounds in the play, when he discovers our Iago’s been playing him all along he threatens to eliminate Iago, however upon Iago complementing him, “Why, now I see mettle theres nerve in thee …” Act 4 scene 2 line 205. Roderigo then embarks on a mission to eliminate Cassio with the assistance of Iago, ultimately to be eliminated by Iago. By getting Cassio benched, it lead to Cassio asking Desdemona to assist speak kind words to Othello in his favour, for that reason permitting Iago to “notify” Othello that Desdemona fancy’s Cassio.
Cassio and Desdemona’s part in the tragedy was their naivety, they are both young and as an outcome are rather flirtatious as seen in Act 2, and Cassio’s well mannerism provides only more for Iago to go on, informing Othello that Cassio was holding Desdemona’s hand and whispering words of love in her ear. Once Cassio is demoted he seeks help from Desdemona under the suggestions of “sincere” Iago, which leads feeds Othello’s jealousy all the more. Desdemona herself need to’ve seen that Othello was currently upset and should not have pleaded Cassio’s case so much.
Possibly if she was a little bit more assertive also, rejecting the accusations with more force and support herself up she mightn’t of have such an awful ending. Brabantio also plays a rather big part as he plants the really first seed of doubt in Othello’s mind about Desdemona by saying “Seek to her, Moor, Have a quick eye to see: She has actually deceiv ‘d her father, might do thee.” Act 1 scene 3 lines 292-293. It was this really first seed that permitted Iago’s adjustment to course through so efficiently. Othello is obviously the second of the 3 main things prior to his own failure, the first being Iago.
Throughout several points in the play, Othello could of quite easily told Iago to stop talking and stop talking rubbish, however he does not and rather enables himself to be manipulated by Iago showing his real weak point in character, naturally one believes to themselves, how can such an excellent general be such a fool? But that’s where suspension of disbelief begins. By scene 4 Othello is so taken in by his own jealousy and Iago’s manipulation that he kills his love Desdemona, “Put out the light, and then put out the light” Act 4 scene 2 line 7.
That last act finishes the downfall of Othello, following the style of many Shakespearean plays. The 3rd musketeer of chaos is jealousy, the green eyed beast. It was jealousy that ultimately cause Othello’s failure. One can also argue that it was Othello’s jealousy that was the cause, but jealousy is a human characteristic, and can be classified as a thing on it’s own. Paradoxically Iago cautions Othello of jealousy, “O, beware jealousy; It is the green-ey ‘d monster, which doth mock that meat it feeds upon. Act 3 scene 3 lines 169-171. These for me, were the main causes of the tragedy of Othello, still one does not see what inspired Iago for a lot damage and to a lot of, He does however state that he dislikes the moor since he promoted Cassio rather of him and due to the fact that he suspects Emilia had betrayed with Othello, “I hate the moor, and is thought abroad, that twix my sheets he’s done my workplace; I understand not if’t hold true …” Act 1 scene 3 lines 384-386.