Othello Essay

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Othello Essay

The movie Othello is full of very believeable and well developed characters. As it is a tradgedy,

thought, we have to have a victim or victims, in this case Othello, and the cause of their misery, which is

Iago. Iago manipulates Cassio, Roderigo, Emilia, and Othello, useing a variety of methods. Iago's plots are

skillfully crafted with multiple levels of intrigue. Iago also pays attention to the smallest detail, proveing his

skill as a villian. Thus, Iago is a masterful villian who manipulates all those around him.

Iago manipultes Cassio, Roderigo, Emilia, and Othello in several ways. Cassio is manipulated by

Iago first getting him fired. Then, under the guise of friendship, Iago suggests that Cassio ask Desdemona

for help in getting reinstated. This is an ingenius move on as his part, as Cassio must pursue Desdemona's

help behind Othello's back.

Roderigo is manipulated by Iago's telling him to pursue Desdemona, even

though Desdemona is already married. Although this is a blatent lie on Iago's part, as the viewer sees not a

single hint that Desdemona even acknowledges Roderigo's existance, it is so cleverly delivered to Roderigo

that he takes as a fact, even when the facts show otherwise. Iago controls Emilia through her love that she

has for him. He uses her love of him to get her to steal Desdemona's handkerchief. Othello is manipulated

by suggestion and hints that are carefully worded and said at just the right moment. Each one weakens his

faith in Desdemona a little more. Then Iago produces "evidence" to add weight to his innuendos. The

evidence is so believeably delivered and Othello already so incenced by Iago's words that Othello does not

even question the truth of what he sees. This...