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Othello is the title of the character and play that we all studied earlier this semester.
However, it is Othello the character that I intend to discuss. Othello is the husband to
the beautiful and innocent Desdemona, whom he murders because the villainous and honest
Iago has misled him. A Moorish general in Venice, a society plagued with racism and where
adultery is neither condemned nor approved of, Othello is in the midst of a society that
will hinder and not support his progress.

The central theme of the drama is the alteration of a noble lover to a raving killer,
under the influence of the deliberate connivance of his aide, Iago, who convinces him that
his wife is having a love affair with another officer named Cassio.

Unable to trust the falsely corrupted Desdemona - he lacks the essential element of love
and it is this absence of trust that causes Othello to disintegrate morally. This
destructiveness extends to his own suicide, when his error of judging Desdemona to be an
adulteress fails him. Our closely woven relationship with this traumatised and gullible
Othello causes us to suffer with him, as he experiences emotional agonies, such as the
destruction of his once reputable nobility, character and marriage to the young Desdemona.

Through Act II, Scene I, Othello presents himself to us as a grandly positive and content character,

"It gives me wonder great as my content

To see you here before me. O my soul's joy!"

(Act II, Scene II).

At this stage in the play Othello has also assembled his character to impose on us an
impression, that he is a noble and prominent figure in the Venetian establishment, and
respected military man and a loving husband. He carries himself with an impressive dignity
while frankly delighting in his young wife's unconditional love, which he values above the
"seas worth", (Act II, Scene I). When the couple defend their marriage against the
prejudiced Brabantio, father to Desdemona, who associates Othello with witchcraft,
(because Othello is black), in Act I, Scene III, it becomes evident that the couple share
an unconditional love for one another.

However, in the second half of the play Othello abandons this perfect love, for a blind
and unfounded jealousy too strong to act in a just manner. He loses all faith not only in
Desdemona, but especially himself,

"That's he that was Othello; Here I am."

(Act V, Scene II).

Othello says this subsequently, as a result of materialising his now hopeless spirit - it
was led to this through the work of a conniving Iago. When he rejects her love and trust
in Act V, Scene II, when about to kill her, he allows an incurable self-centeredness to
overtake his misled mind.

After collapsing in Act IV, Scene I, Othello can only babble as he falls to the feet of
Iago in a trance. This event illustrates and enhances the sad fact that Othello has fallen
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