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The play titled Othello by William Shakespeare is based upon a web of rage misplaced trust and betrayal taken by a cast of characters that experience these factors throughout the play Othello the main character in this play is known for his nobility and charisma he is an adventurer and is somewhat mysterious highlighted by the fact that he is of a different race from those around him Despite this Othello is manipulated into believing that the girl he was in love with Desdemona had persued a secret relationship and therefore cheated on Othello Subsequently through the theme of jealousy Othello strangled and killed Desdemona for her presumed acts of betrayal and therefore Othello is truly guilty for the death of Desdemona because murder is the worst crime of all regardless of it being intentional or not This guilt is ensued by the facts that this rash act was committed merely from claims by Iago the fact that Desdemona is full goodness and kindness and should not be severely punished despite all her affection she shows throughout the play and that the manner of death was too harsh for a simple act To begin with the sense of appearance vs reality is relevant to the issue of Iagos character for although he is called honest by almost everyone in the play he is treacherous deceitful and manipulative Most characters in the play especially Othello go through a crisis of learning who and who not to trust Othello unfortunately trusts in Iagos honesty and this causes him to abandon reason and language which allows his inner chaos to take over For example the emotional collapse within Othello begins to develop when Iago informs Othello that the handkerchief in which Othello had given to Desdemona in the past was in the hands of Cassio and he is basically led to believe that Desdemona and Cassio were persuing a secret relationship On page 88 line
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