It Is Iago Who Causes Othello’s Downfall, Not a Tragic Flaw in Othello. to What Degree Do You Concur with This Statement?It is Iago who triggers Othello’s failure, not a terrible defect in Othello. To what extent do you agree with this declaration? In the play of ‘Othello,’ we firstly see a best, caring relationship in between 2 of the main characters, Othello and Desdemona. By the end of the play, this relationship that they share is completely destroyed as Othello is driven by the strong emotion of jealousy to eliminate his better half and after that himself, after realising that he had done an unjustly thing. In a tragedy, there should always be a stage bad guy and an awful hero. Shakespeare makes the plots complex so
that the play is more amazing and we are left sensation that the circumstances are needless but at the same time, inevitable. So, by creating the characters of Iago, who believes in dishonesty, and Othello, who believes in faith, there is an instantaneous clash of characters which causes a clash in their ideals, and therefore ending the play in inescapable, terrible situations. Shakespearean plays constantly leave unanswered questions and an unclear primary factor for why the catastrophe has occurred. Individuals have different opinions on how the last terrible minutes
of the play’Othello’come about, and on which character is primarily to blame in the drastic turn of occasions. Some think that the cause of Othello’s failure was because of Iago’s goal to ruin Othello and his relationship with Desdemona. Shakespeare offers the audience some inspirations for why Iago wanted to plot the failure of the excellent soldier, Othello: In Act 1, Scene 1 we discover that Iago was ignored for promotion to Othello’s lieutenant in favour of Cassio. Iago is enraged by this decision by Othello as he clearly thinks he is much better for the task, however at the exact same time, means to keep Othello’s trust in order to use this trust so that he can control Othello in the future;”I follow him to serve my turn upon him.””In following him, I follow however myself.” “I am not what I am.”Due to this overlook on promo, Iago’s harmful nature and hatred for Othello becomes apparent. So, we know that even from the very first scene of the play, Iago despises Othello and would delight in seeing him brought down. The audience can clearly observe that Iago is a racist due to the fact that of the numerous comments he makes about Othello’s non-Venetian background. This recommends that his loathing of Othello might be based upon his prejudices against
immigrants. For example, in his discussion with Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, he graphically illustrates Othello as an animal or devil who is just using his child to satisfy his own desires, referring to him as”an old black ram is tupping your white ewe.”There is likewise a revenue motive for Iago. We discover early that Roderigo was once a suitor of Desdemona that had been rejected by Brabantio, her dad. In Act 1, Scene 3 Roderigo informs Iago of his sensations for Desdemona;”… … I admit it my shame to be so fond, but
it is not in my virtue to modify it”From this point Iago encourages Roderigo to offer his assets, convert them all to money, by consistently recommending him to “put money in thy bag.” So, Iago feels here that, not just, will he have his enjoyable bringing Othello down however has, likewise, discovered a gullible fool who will fund it and he will benefit from. Another motive for why Iago wanted Othello to be lowered is that there are rumours that Othello has slept with own partner, Emilia. This is another factor that Iago would feel hatred towards Othello. Iago strikes the audience as being an extremely malicious, envious individual
who is obviously jealous of the loving relationship shared between Othello and Desdemona. He can not stand the truth that he does not have this with his own wife so wants to damage the perfect relationship that Othello and Desdemona have. Othello has the capability to like and be liked, which is something that Iago doesn’t appear to have, judging by the scenes with his partner, Emilia. There is a lot of jealousy on Iago’s part about a male (Othello)who is a true warrior and leader of males.
A man who has a great deal of goodness about him, has rely on human kind and is popular among others. Professor Bradley, a critic, states that,”Evil has nowhere else been portrayed with such mastery as in the character of Iago.” Lots of commentators have also observed that Iago displays psychopathic propensities which would mean, if rue, that his requirement to destroy Othello would need no motivation at all. Some critics, on the other hand, believe that Othello’s downfall was produced simply by himself and his defects. Shakespeare clearly shows the audience that Othello has some virtues and defects that undoubtedly bring about the terrible ending of the play. Othello’s main defect is that he is too trusting and gullible. He reveals an unwavering trust in Iago’s comradeship, judgement and sincerity which Iago unmercilessly controls. This is probably since as soldiers, they have actually battled together with each other and certainly Othello has actually established a high level of trust in his men. To show Iago’s success in this even at the end of the play, Othello still describes him as “sincere Iago.” Although Othello’s character is an effective, military leader, we can
see that he is really a very insecure individual. His insecurity is because of his understanding that he is an outsider of Venice and even though he is much respected as a soldier, does not feel as though he is accepted in Venetian society. His foreign background caused Othello to think that individuals looked down on him. Desdemona is from a wealthy, Venetian household that dislikes non-Venetians, so the fact that he has fallen for this lady does not assist with his self-esteem concerns. The stage bad guy, Iago knows of this weak point and so by meaning Desdemona’s disloyalty, he understands that Othello will end up being highly uncertain and presume that Desdemona is starting to believe in the remarks that
her family would be saying to her about foreigners. He has a really vivid creativity, as we know from the remarkable stories he tells Desdemona which makes her fall for him. This amazing imagination nevertheless is also a problem for Othello because Iago makes Othello’s mind cut loose with thoughts about Desdemona’s’unfaithfulness ‘. Othello displays a terrific reliance on Desdemona and her love. He can not believe his luck(he is”excessive of pleasure”) and believes that without her he would come down into madness. This, when Iago introduces the insinuation of Desdemona’s infidelity, turns Othello into the envious rage and anxiety which leads to the tragic effect of the last acts. To turn from the joyful Othello to the dark-mannered beast later and so rapidly, Othello would, in modern day, be possibly classified as bipolar. He shows a naivete and innocence of the real world, particularly where females are worried(as opposed to his wide understanding of the male controlled world of the military where he would have felt more comfortable). In the first act, he confesses he is shy where love is concerned and in the 3rd act, he is quickly persuaded by Iago that Venetian females have a credibility for betraying to their spouses. Finally, one of the more awful, and in Shakespearean times, inescapable flaws, is Othello’s vice of pride. To lose face in his society would be intolerable and would need him to take revenge or enforce self exile or perhaps suicide, when individuals found out about his partner’s unfaithfulness. In eliminating his spouse, Desdemona, Othello will have seen this as an inevitable consequence of her cheating and that he was warranted no matter how unpleasant the act was. This code of honour, as Iago will have understood when he was controling Othello, will not have actually permitted grace to Desdemona. From the arguments I have set out above, we can see that the 2 characters of Othello and Iago are the ideal reverse of each other. The concern that needs to be considered is if Iago would succeed if Othello had actually been various. If Othello had actually been more naturally suspicious and untrusting of people and their motives, Iago would not have actually been able to convince Othello of Desdemona’s extramarital relations. He would have thought that Emilia( Iago’s other half and Desdemona’s house maid)was speaking the reality when she informed him that Desdemona was totally loyal. If Othello had been more protected in his relationship with Desdemona, he would have spoke openly to Desdemona and believed her when she stated absolutely nothing was going on. If Othello hadn’t been too happy– if he had swallowed his pride and continued with married life, he would not have actually eliminated Desdemona because he would like her too much to let any occurrence come in between them. It is highly not likely that the play would have played out the way it did if any of Othello’s defects were different, because Iago recognized and targeted Othello’s weak points and controlled
them. I think the play might well have actually resulted in the exposure of Iago’s schemes if Othello had any of the above various characteristic. This would have meant exile or death for Iago, with Othello and Desdemona still in a caring relationship. However, given Iago’s personality type and his puppet-master function, if any of Othello’s virtues or defects had been different or not there, I believe he would have discovered something else or some other method of damaging Othello. So, in answer to the concern, it would seem to be impossible to concur or disagree to any degree, due to the fact that the declaration itself, as I have demonstrated, is rather like asking ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’I mean by this that Iago just succeeds due to the fact that Othello has flaws that can be controlled and as no male is perfect, then an evil puppet-master genius like Iago will constantly discover a method to trigger an individual’s downfall.