Curiosity Killed the Othello

Interest Eliminated the Othello

Curiosity will become beaten, tortured, and eventually killed by official education. Iago is the protagonist in the Disaster of Othello the Moor of Venice and he represents a dog chasing automobiles, an extremely smart dog, one that can sit, examine, and after that act on the understanding that he has gained, to operate in his favor. He abhors and covets his victims, but that makes him a criminal character rather of a straight-out atrocious one. Iago is a basic man, with the basic motives of interest, envy, and bias which in themselves are the driving force behind the play, for everything does in reality focus on Iago. If a member of the audience were to interrupt the play and ask Iago: ‘What are you doing?’ could not Iago response with a boyish laugh, ‘Nothing. I’m only trying to find out what Othello is really like’?” (Auden 50). Would that not be a fair response? Society has actually accepted that anybody and everybody has the indisputable right to as much knowledge as they can achieve. So is Iago’s pursuit to comprehend who Othello actually is wrong? He utilizes only what he learns about Othello to make him the topic of a study in humanity, which becomes a matter of life and death, causing the main source of tension throughout the play.

By controling Othello’s weak and corruptible mind Iago puts his own life at danger, for if all his lies, deceit, and adjustment were to come to light previously in the play, several deaths could have been avoided. He is driven to break down the Othello based on his interest and his apparent distaste for the Moor. Now, though Iago does “dislike the Moor” (1. 3. 377), his interest leads him into a distant envy. This envy simply adds more fuel to the flames of hatred, for Iago’s envy stems from the reality that he seems to have no desires of his own, besides to play games with others minds.

So when Iago discovers the desires of those around him he teases them with the important things they desire most and it is from this that he forms the basis of his strategy: to make the most of the Moor by informing him lies about his other half, as views Iago to be an honest male, while utilizing Cassio’s love for Desdemona to resolve the plan. “With as little a web as this I will capture as fantastic a fly as Cassio,”(2. 1. 169) For mine own gained understanding must profane … After some time, to abuse Othello’s ears … … framed to make ladies incorrect …

That believes males truthful that but seem to be so;/ And will as tenderly be led by th’nose … (1. 3 375-395) In a lot of Shakespearian tragedies to determine the villain would not be a difficult task. Though there is probably no bad guy in Othello, Iago is commonly viewed as one however to fully understand that he is not there must be a difference made in between an atrocious character, one who tackles with the intention of harming others and does it normally with numerous unfortunate incidents’, and a criminal character like that of Iago:

The criminal character is a person who finds himself in a circumstance where he is lured to break the law and catches the temptation: he ought, of course, to have withstood the temptation, however everyone, both on stage and in the audience, should confess that, had they been put in the very same circumstance, they, too, would have been lured. (Auden 48). It is like a game of Dominoes; all the characters have actually lined up, and are very proud of their Dominoes.

So they reveal them off, it would just take someone, (Iago for he is envious of the truth that doesn’t have any sort of Dominoes) to get someone (Roderigo) to knock one little piece over that would cause a domino effect of everyone’s dominos getting knocked over. In Shakespeare’s time, the Elizabethans constantly worried that the non-English individuals that lived together with them were going to take over. These non-English were thought about as inferior, and this fueled a curiosity to learn what these people were really like. They had likewise the basic and ancient sense that black is the colour of sin and death, ‘the badge of hell, The hue of dungeons, and the Schoole of night'(as Shakespeare himself says).” (Hunter 250). The Elizabethans’ view of black people as inferior and evil is held by Iago, and appears from the beginning of the play: Zounds, sir, y’ are robbed! For shame. Put on your gown!/ Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul./ Even now, now, really now, an old black ram/ Is tupping your white ewe. Develop, Occur!/ Awake the snorting citizens with the bell,/

Otherwise the devil will make a grandsire of you./ Arise, I state! (Othello 1. 1. 83-89) It is clear that Othello is perceived in this prejudiced manner by more characters than simply Iago throughout the play, as Brabantio also resolves him negatively as “O thou foul burglar … thou hast captivated her! … Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom/ Of such a thing as thou …”(1. 3. 61-70). This shows how people of ethnic background were treated and gives more of an understanding into the minds of the characters that do deal with Othello in this way.

Iago’s curiosity about human nature is ultimately what drives the play. Nevertheless, it is likewise what brings the play to a rather regrettable conclusion. Had Cassio and Desdemona been eliminated Othello would likely have lost his rank and Iago would have probably gone on to afflict some other regrettable souls. But that does not occur, and one can assume that had Othello been a white guy and actually more comfortable in his own skin he may not have acted so strongly because of his own insecurities.

It is Iago’s symbolic bias and discrimination, of Elizabethan England mind set that truly caused the under tones of this play. We can not attribute this believing simply to Iago since had by doing this of thinking not existed then, Othello would be more comfortable and there might have also been more individuals of ethnic background around. Iago’s intentions of curiosity, envy, and bias are fundamental parts of human advancement. Curiosity is necessary for the improvement of society, especially when it does not harm the society that it wonders about.

Interest can and has led to whatever there is have today. It must be supported and formal education, when taught in a ‘this is how it is, memorize it, and then regurgitate it back to me’ way, will gradually get rid of interest as a catalyst for to a brand-new and better society. Envy is not constantly a bad thing due to the fact that it can drive individuals to push themselves to do better. Though bias is still around we can translucent Othello that in the end, each character has the very same fundamental emotions, sensations, and issues even if their skin colour is various.

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