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Othello Essay- Accomplice to Tragedy The genre of tragedy is known and expected to end in misfortune and often death with the most part owing to a villainous character In Shakespeares Othello the villain is the wily Iago but as cunning and sly as he is it is questionable whether or not he is held solely responsible for the success of his devious plans Can the other characters in this play also be held partially responsible for their own downfall andor the downfall of others I hope to examine this question and determine whether Iago is the sole culprit in causing chaos or if he is merely the catalyser and promoter of misfortune Primarily it is unawareness and naivety that blinds some of the characters in this play to the evil schemes of their friend Iago Many times they merit him as being their trustworthy honest friend Othello pronounces Iago is most honest II iii 7 and Desdemona says Oh thats an honest fellowIII iii 4 The characters are oblivious to the unfolding plans of Iago and yet they seem to unknowingly aid the events leading up to the final tragedy Iagos first real success is when he is able to get Cassio drunk and then dismissed from his position as lieutenant From that point on events seem to unfold favourably for Iago due in part to the various willing yet unknowing actions of some of the other characters themselves Cassio a handsome refined gentleman is eager to gain back his position and believes that Iago intends to advise him honestly in how to go about doing so Iago insists There is no other way tis she must dot Go and importune her III iv 108-109 and Ply Desdemona well and you are sure ont
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