Thesis: In William Shakespeare’s Othello the clash of two worlds through Iago and Othello leads to a tragedy. Iago’s world of deceitfulness and hatred colliding with Othello’s world of honesty and love. Othello is self-confident, he is a good-natured person who comes with great achievement and recognition. He is chosen to lead the army against the Turks and wins the battle, he proudly announces, “Our wars are done, the Turks are drown’d” (act 2, scene 1, 195). Othello represents the extremity of the human emotion. For an instance, Othello says, “Now, by heaven, my blood begins my safer guides to rule.
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Othello’s passion and anger is controlling his decisions, he is so angry that his emotions are clouding his judgement. Iago, on the other hand, is a coward. Iago asserts superiority but is driven by a damaged pride and self-esteem. The audience hears him talk about his battles, but when actually holding a sword, he prefers to avoid confrontation. For instance, even when going to kill Cassio, Iago manipulates Roderigo into doing it, “Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home. Quick, quick! Fear nothing.
I’ll be at thy elbow. It makes us, or it mars us. Think on that, and fix most firm thy resolution.
” (act 5, scene 1, 2). The audience can therefore see two different characters. Othello is naive while Iago is the villain. Othello demotes him to a lower status, and despite being a trained soldier, Iago is quite a coward when it comes to confronting an enemy with a sword. 2nd paragraph: TOPIC SENTENCE Iago is intelligent in the sense that he was able to use every characters he can to fulfill his revenge. Iago has a developed intelligence without the corresponding support of emotion. An occurrence would be when he says, “Very nature will instruct her in it and compel her to some second choice.”(Act 2, Scene 1, line 226).
Iago is being intelligent because he knows that being black isn’t desirable, he’s using the rigid hierarchical structure of the Elizabethan society against Othello. Iago makes reference to how its not in Desdemona’s nature to love Othello because he’s not attractive, he’s black and older and so she will end up up with someone who is attractive and closer to her in age, someone like Cassio. An integral part of Iago’s intelligence is connected to the way he manipulates people. A display of this would be when Iago says, “Alas, alas! It is not honesty in me to speak what I have seen and known.” (act 4, scene 1, line 274) to Lodovico after the fight between Othello and Desdemona. This is pure psychological manipulation as Iago doesn’t specify what happened so this makes him think of the worst possible scenarios.
Othello is the complete contrast as he possesses a childish trust towards everybody. This is evident when Othello says, “Therefore those stops of thine fright me the more.”(Act 3, Scene 3, Line 121). Othello exhibits his childish trust as when Iago tells him bad news he is a honest and a loving person because Iago pauses and is hesitant but little does he know that Iago is acting. CONCLUSIONTOPIC SENTENCE Iago is two faced throughout the entirety of the play, the audience knows this from the start because even Iago has said, “I am not what I am.
” (act 1, scene 1, line 66) On the contrary there is Othello who simply cannot be like Iago and be two faced. This is clear because of the way Othello dealt with knowing Desdemona was cheating on him. He simply could not pretend to act normal around Desdemona; when he found out about his wife’s infidelity his tenderness became rudeness and his credulity became suspicion. A testament to this is when Othello says, “Oh, devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman’s tears, each drop she falls would prove a crocodile. Out of my sight!” (act 4, scene 1, line 191-195).
Iago is someone who does things for the love of evil. The problems Iago caused for everybody simply cannot be justified he tried to justify going after Othello by saying that Othello was having an illicit relationship with his wife, Emilia. Specifically Iago says, “Till I am evened with him, wife for wife.” (act 2, scene 1, line 288).