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Othello Essay, Research Paper


In act two Othello and others arrive in Cyprus. Iago is still plotting

against Othello while he tries to ruin Othello?s life. He is using other

charters to get to Othello. Othello is a very courageous, kind and

admirable General. However his kindness is gradually leading him into

destruction and confusion.

Othello is a man who can take control in any situation. Even if the odds

are against him, Othello is a respectful man in any situation. Othello

has just reunited with Desdemona as “profits yet to come ?tween” (2.3.12)

them before they separate again. Othello is telling Desdemona that even

the profits will not come between them. Othello will concur the profits to

stay with Desdemona at all costs. Othello will be brave to take control of

his life. He is strong enough to stop anyone that he knows is a threat to

him or Desdemona. He will tell anyone to do as he say?s and if they do not

he will give them the warning to “hold, for your lives” (2.3.176) or they

will be slayed like wild animals. Othello takes control in this situation

by threatening to end Cassio and Montano?s life if they do not stop their

petty fight. He shows a great leadership strength by taking control of

everyone?s actions. Ohello lets everyone know who is the boss while being

respectful and courteous. Othe!

llo continues to try and be nice while he demands Cassio and Montano to

“speak” (2.3.190) and asks “who began this” (2.3.190) before he decides

who is at fault and who should be penalized for what is happening. He

gives everyone a fair chance to say what they want. He wants to know all

of the facts before he passes judgment on either one of the men involved

in the brawl. Othello shows how he can be a great leader even in the worst

of situations. He passes judgment and “Cassio, I love thee, but nevermore

be officer of mine” (2.3.264-265) is all that Othello has to say. He tries

his best to let Cassio down easily even though he has just ended Cassio?s

career. This hits Othello as hard as it does Cassio because he put almost

all of his trust into Cassio to do his duty. All of the evidence shows how

Othello is willing and able to take control of any situation that is

thrown upon him, even those that concern some of the people who are

closest to him.

Othello is a man who puts a lot of trust into everyone. This trust

may lead to his demise in his career and in his life. He puts a lot of

trust into Cassio and Cassio blows this trust by getting drunk and

fighting with Montano. He is reluctant to ask Cassio “have you forgot

all sense of place and duty” (2.3.179) because of the answer that he may

get. This makes both Cassio and Othello look bad. Othello is Cassio?s

general and the fight reflects on Othello and how he runs things in his

army. Othello still trusts almost everyone as much as before the

brawl but he should be and doesn?t even realize what is really happening

as “honest Iago” (2.3.189) is the only witness to a strange situation

again. Othello asks Iago “that looks dead with grieving, speak”

(2.3.189-190) so he knows what has happened in the brawl. Othello does not

know that Iago is not even as trust worthy as Cassio is. Iago tells the

truth for the first time in the book because the truth hurts Cassio more!

than lies would. Othello just wants to know how everything happened. He

trusts Iago with everything he owns and loves. It is to bad for him that

he cant here what is going on in Iagos head when he say?s “I play the

villain, when this advice is free I give” (2.3.357) because Iago

describes how he really is. Othello has no idea the man he trusts the most

is the one he should despise the most. Iago is using Othello for his own

personal gain and has no remorse for

anything he does to him and others foiling his dreams. Othello is using

his wrongful trust mode and more on his way to his own demise. All of this

shows how Othello is sending himself into deeper and darker hole that will

lead to his demise. He must learn to trust himself more than others or he

will lose control of all situations that he is to face in the future. For

now Othello still has control of all situations that are in his grasp but

must watch whom he trusts or his demise may come in one fellow swoop with

no warning.