Theme Of Deception in “Othello”

Theme Of Deceptiveness in “Othello”

Throughout “Othello”, the style of deceptiveness plays a crucial function. The arch-deceiver in this play is Iago. Iago’s repeated deceptiveness moves the play forward to the climax and eventually to the tragic ending. Although deception is always suggested to deceive, the degree of deceptiveness varies upon the context of the scenario. Another character that shows deceptiveness is Desdemona. The deception revealed by Desdemona has a various objective as compared to Iago’s. Iago wants to get vengeance on Othello. The intents of Iago are painful and wicked.

An example of this is when Iago says to Othello, “She did deceive her daddy, marrying you” (III. 3. 238). Iago wants to hurt Othello by positioning doubt in his mind that Desdemona might be unfaithful. Iago does this with complete intents to anger Othello. Another occurrence in where Iago deceives Othello is in Act IV. Iago tricks Othello into thinking that he is talking with Cassio about his affair with Desdemona. Othello sees from afar thinking that Cassio is informing Iago all about his relationship with Desdemona and Othello gets outraged.

In the discussion they state, Iago– “Ply Desdemona well and you make certain on’t. Now if this suit lay in Bianca’s power, How quickly need to you speed! “Cassio -“Alas, poor caitiff! “Othello– “(aside) Look, how he laughs currently!” (IV. 1. 23-127)Othello watches from afar thinking that Cassio is informing Iago all about his relationship with Desdemona. This discussion outrages Othello. Iago is in fact talking with Cassio about Bianca. When Cassio laughs, Othello thinks that Cassio is making fun of Desdemona.

Using spoken deceptiveness, Iago was able to make Othello upset by telling him he would talk with Cassio about Desdemona. Iago tricks not only Othello, but Cassio and Roderigo as well. Iago takesadvantage of his relationships with Cassio along with Roderigo. At the beginning of the play, there is a party in Cyprus and Iago talks with Cassio and advises him to having fun. Cassio blindly follows Iago, thinking the whole time that Iago is trying to assist him. Throughout this whole time, Iago prepares the death of Cassio, his supposed buddy.

In order to acquire Cassio’s position as lieutenant, Iago encourages Cassio to take another drink, knowing extremely well that it will make him intoxicated and disgrace him (II. 2. 38). Iago informs Roderigo that Desdemona will eventually stray from Othello to be with Cassio (II. 1. 240) Iago convinces Roderigo to begin a quarrel that night with Cassio so that he will be stripped of his lieutenancy and look bad in the eyes of Othello. Cassio ends up stabbing Montano due to the fact that Iago got him drunk. This deceptiveness by Iago is among the most fundamental parts of the play.

When Cassio looks bad in front of Othello it opens up the doors for Iago to put more bad ideas into Othello’s head. Iago is able to assume with Othello that Desdemona has been sleeping with Cassio. Iago would not have had the ability to persuade Othello had Cassio still be extremely related to and Othello’s lieutenant. Desdemona likewise utilizes deceptiveness throughout the play. The way in which Desdemona utilizes it is totally various than Iago. Desdemona’s deceptiveness is more subtle and her intents are not to harm others.

In the start of the play, Desdemona tricks her dad by going behind his back and marrying Othello in secrecy. Brabantio says, “O, she tricks me previous idea!” (I. 1. 184-185) Desdemona understands that by not telling her father that she is only delaying the unavoidable pain that he will experience when he discovers. She tricked her father out of love and her intents were good-hearted. This is extremely crucial in the contribution to the story since Iago has the ability to use Desdemona’s deceptiveness of her dad as some base that she is being unfaithful to Othello.

Deceptiveness is shown throughout “Othello” by numerous characters, most notably Iago. Desdemona also deceives her daddy. Through deceptiveness, Iago creates the look of great, which eventually fools individuals around him into believing he is loyal and truthful. The basis of Iago’s success comes from the carefully constructed trust with private characters. The deception revealed by Iago is the basis of the stories development and he does it with vengeance. BIBLIOGRAPHYOthello by William Shakespeare (Mass Market Paperback– 2004-01-01 )

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