Recently I have read the tragedy of Othello, and it was a great book. However, one question lingered in my mind at the end of the book. Who or what was responsible for the events that occurred? The main person who popped into my head was Othello, the tragic hero and general in the Venetian army. However, Iago also had a part to play in the tragedy.
Othello had a high rank in the Venetian army as a general. He also had a lot of pride and reputation. However, over the course of the book, he showed himself to be easily swayed by other people’s statements, even though most of them were not confirmed. He took people at their word, not thinking to verify their statements with others. As a result, he got information that threw his reasoning askew and sent him into fits of rage. Othello was shown to be gullible in many instances throughout the book.
However, the individual who started the whole process was Iago, Othello’s adviser. He disliked Othello greatly because he was overlooked for the lieutenant position which Cassio got instead. He wanted to exact revenge on Othello for his decision and made a plan to make it look like his wife was cheating on him. Iago kept up the guise of loyalty with Othello, while being able to further his plan in the background. He was able to play Othello like a puppet and convince him that his wife was cheating on him with Cassio in a clever way that made him seem innocent.
The combination of Iago’s crafty scheme and manipulation of Othello as well as Othello’s own gullible attitude and pride led to the tragedy of Othello.