Iago’s uses deception, gossip and jealousy to
negatively influence Othello in Othello
Shakespeare, William. (2003). Othello. New York, N.Y; Spark Publishing All future references are to this edition and will be cited parenthetically.
The Law of Environment states that the people around us affect our lives, for better or worse. Some unfortunate elements of the relationships that people have are jealousy, gossiping, and deceit. In the story Othello, many characters are affected by these qualities in the relationships they have with Iago. Of all the characters in Othello, Iago has the most influence on Othello in the story. Iago uses jealousy, gossip, and deception to have a negative influence on Othello in Othello. The biggest element in this story that negatively affects Othello would be jealousy. Othello is so overcome with jealousy that even when Desdemona clearly refutes his accusations of having an affair with Cassio he refuses to believe her. This just proves that jealousy can completely distort what is right and what is wrong in a relationship. Secondly, Othello misunderstands Cassio’s degrading description of Bianca as Desdemona and this misunderstanding causes him to go crazy. Lastly, Iago drove Othello insane with jealousy by convincing him that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona. “… I can at least make [Othello] so jealous that he can’t thin straight” The one thing that turned Othello so jealous was the lies that Iago told him, Iago used deception very well to negatively influence Othello.
Iago’s use of deception was such a big factor in Othello’s downward spiral to being crazy and mad at Desdemona. Iago deceived Othello by pretending to be loyal to him in order to ruin Othello’s happiness and life with Desdemona. By Iago playing this act in Othello’s life set him up perfectly to negatively affect Othello. Iago deceived...
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