Deception in Othello

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Deception in Othello

Deception In Othello
One may readily perceive the theme of Shakespeare's "Othello" as deception. Deception
appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is
different. Deception is to "deceive another, illusion, or fraud" (Webster's New World
Pocket Dictionary 69), which is seen as a wrongful act. However, deception may be used to
protect someone from getting hurt therefore being used with good intentions.

The very first act of deception is done by the character Desdemona. Desdemona hides her
relationship with Othello from her father, knowing he will disapprove due to Othello's
race. Brabantio says, "O, she deceives me/Past thought!" (1.1.163-164). Desdemona's
reasoning for deceiving her father was to protect him. "Desdemona's devotion to her
husband is almost superhuman, as is her courage in marrying him over the objections of her
father, the Venetian senator Brabantio." (Andrews 132). She knew her father would
eventually find out the truth, but she felt that by hiding her relationship with Othello,
she would be delaying the inevitable pain which her father was going to feel. Since
Desdemona loved her father, her deception was done with only good hearted intentions.

Desdemona again deceives another, but this time it is her husband, Othello. Othello asks
Desdemona for a handkerchief which he gave to her, for he had suspicions she was cheating
on him. When asked about the whereabouts of the handkerchief, Desdemona deceives Othello
by
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