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This last speech of Othello is his way of expressing to viewers how he would have liked them to see the events of the play However his speech albeit elegant and characteristic of Othellos extravagant and Romantic use of language is flawed ironic and thus it is impossible to see the events of the play in the light that Othello would like us to His account is merely how he would like the audience to view the play and not necessarily how the events of the play have indeed unfolded Othello is a man very conscious and in some ways obsessed with reputation He himself is aware of this as shown in the preceding lines I pray you in your letters When you shall these unlucky deeds relate Speak of me as I am Aware of the importance of opinion which is inevitably affected by ones reputation he quickly jumps to tell people of how he would like to be remembered With this obsession with reputation it is already clear that Othello has a strong motive to put a positive spin on his actions Indeed his preoccupation with his reputation and public image was one of the reasons that he killed Desdemona Also it is Iagos reputation as an honest man which allowed him to deceive Othello without Othello once questioning his words Thus Othello has a strong motive not to portray himself as he really is but how he would want us to see him and so it is already possible to see that his account of his behaviour may not necessarily be an accurate one The preceding lines state that he tells the others to speak of me as I am However there is great irony in this statement as he immediately goes on to misinterpret himself and his motives in order to retain his noble and righteous reputation He says that he is not easily jealous However the
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