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A Foolish Mans Love Othellos downfall There are many reasons for Othellos downfall in the play Othello There isnt one single factor that can be noted as the entire reason for Othellos downfall It took an unusual set of circumstances and a varied cast of characters to weave the intricate webs that created Othellos eventual downfall Some of the foremost reasons for the Moors demise were stress insecurity love and trust The Moor being the governor of Cyprus encountered an enormous amount of stress on a day-to-day basis Being in a position of leadership would bring a great deal of stress on anyone and there was even more on Othello due to his falling out with his Lieutenant Cassio According to the website wwwaomcorg If a stressful situation goes on for too long you may feelirritable depressed Obviously Othello was a very stressed out person Othello a black man was reminded daily of the struggles that a minority must face in a white mans world Although Othello was a respected war veteran he was not quite considered a full class citizen Shakespeare played the race card extremely early in the play In the first scene Iago says youll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse youll have your nephews neigh to you youll have coursers for cousins and gennets for germans Othello worries unduly that Desdemona will commit adultery solely because he is black The race issue also fuels the Moors jealousy of Cassio He feels that Cassio is more attractive than him simply because he is white which to him makes it acceptable for his wife to have an affair with such a handsome white man One of the underlying themes of the play is Othellos inability to grasp the concept that Desdemonas love for him is pure Love made a serious contribution to Othellos downfall The Moor loved Desdemona with all of his heart he would have given his
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