Honesty: Characters Of Othello Essay

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Honesty can be a way of life for many people. For some it can define all that they really are and for others it can define how they view all of their peers, friends, and family. But whichever way you cut it, honesty can affect you greatly and every solitary day. This idea was one of the most specific and open parts of the plot of William Shakespeare's Othello. In the play Shakespeare gives us brilliant insight as to what can happen as a result of believing and trusting in the honesty and words of others. Though they might seem sincere, he seems to say, everyone has their own agenda. The three characters: Iago, Desdemona, and Othello himself all seemed to view honesty and moral values in ...view middle of the document...

Possibly the only honest explanation we'll ever have derives from the most infamous of all of Iago's lines: "When devils will the blackest sins put on, they do suggest at first with heavenly shows". Though the line still leaves an observer empty, without content as to his motives, it suggests that he had motives that were justified in his own eyes. To Iago, his perceptions were all that mattered really, and honesty was a thing to be twisted to his own desires.
Othello had the reputation of a military man, an honest man, and a courageous leader. "Valiant Othello, We must straight employ you..." "Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor." Othello had been a soldier since he was seven years old, and had experience on the battlefield. He'd been chosen when the Venetians had gone to fight the Turkish fleet; and because of his reputation, it hadn't been hard for most to accept the relationship between him and Desdemona. But As Iago began putting ideas in Othello's head about Cassio and Desdemona's rendezvous' together, another side of Othello's personality started to surface. Because Iago had the reputation of being an honest man, Othello couldn't easily ignore his insinuations about Desdemona. Othello wondered if Desdemona really loved him, or if she was just using him to rebel against her father. With Iago constantly putting these ideas in his head, Othello's trust was eaten away until, in his own mind, the killing of Desdemona was justifiable and true. His intentions had always been good and "valiant" until the intervention of "honest Iago".

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