Comparison of Othello and Iago
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The paper points out that both Othello and Iago are soldiers and murderers, but highlights how Othello was essentially a good man, while Iago was inherently evil. The paper describes how Othello loved his wife and never intended to harm her, while Iago was callous and represented evil from the start of the play.
From the Paper:"Both men demonstrate the significance of human nature. Othello does not set out to be evil, mean, or the least bit hurtful. He is a victim. It is important to note that he is not perfect and this is where he encounters trouble with Iago. John Arthos maintains, "Othello falls finally through some coincidence of a failure in himself and the wonderful persistence of Iago's improvisations" (Arthos 94). Iago seizes the moment when he realizes that Othello is prone to jealousy. But it is important to recognize that he is prone to jealousy, not murder. Arthos contends, "Folly and jealousy and lust corrupt his love as ambition never corrupts his other obligations, but it is not the vices that finally lead him to think of killing Desdemona . . . but honor" (Arthos 103). Iago, on the other hand, is someone we can peg as quite prone to murder. Othello was not inherently evil; Iago drives him to the point of no return. Iago, however, needs no prodding only opportunity."
Sample of Sources Used:
- John Arthos. "The Fall of Othello." Shakespeare Quarterly. 9:2. 1958. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved December 08, 2008. <http://www.jstor.org>
- Ralph Berry. "Pattern in Othello." Shakespeare Quarterly. 23:1. 1972. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved December 08, 2008. <http://www.jstor.org>
- Thomas D. Bowman "A Further Study in the Characterization and Motivation of Iago." College English. 4:8. 1943. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved December 08, 2008. <http://www.jstor.org>
- John W. Draper. "Honest Iago." PMLA, 46: 3. 1931. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved December 08, 2008. <http://www.jstor.org>
- Shakespeare, William. Othello. Kenneth Muir, ed. New York: Penguin Books. 1968.
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