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To what extent is Othellos downfall the result of his own Character We are first introduced to Othello in Act One Scene Two This is a very intimate scene between Iago and Othello Iago has now joined Othello and has told him about Rodrigos betrayal of the news of his marriage to Brabantios daughter Iago continues his deliberate misrepresentation swearing to Othello that he could have killed Roderigo for what he did Though in the trade of war I slain men Iago is a very skilful actor and is able to successfully present a contrary appearance It is not just Othello who is deceived by Iago nearly all the characters in the play underestimate Iagos powers of deception Ironically Iago alludes to Janus the two faced god in this conversation with Othello Since Iago himself is two faced in a duplicitous way Janus seems to be a fitting figure for Iago to invoke By Janus I think no Iagos duplicity is again exhibited in this scene as his tone swings from friendly to backbiting as soon as Othello steps away and quickly returns to original friendliness when Othello returns The theme appearance versus reality is especially 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 Iago plays a major part in Othellos eventual downfall through his careful manipulation of Othellos jealous character Othello is defensively proud of himself and his achievements and especially proud of the honourable appearance he presents The allegations of Desdemonas affair hurt his pride even more than they inflame his vanity and jealousy Othello wants to appear powerful accomplished and moral at every possible instance and when this is almost denied to him his wounded pride becomes especially powerful Pride is an overarching theme of Othellos story and first becomes apparent in this scene Othello is exceptionally proud of his
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