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Champion Larry S Shakespearean Criticism Edited Dana Banks Vol 35 Detroit Gale 1997 Shakespeare William Othello Literature The Human Experience New York St Martin 1996 In his analysis of the popular Shakespearean play Othello Tale of the Moor of Venice Champion focuses most of his criticism on Othellos naive ways and the evil which Iago portrays According to Champion Othello is heroic and noble but naively egotistic 253 This is shown when Othello easily believes Iagos foolish lies about Desdemonas infidelity with Othellos true and loyal friend Cassio He also states that Othellos tunnel-vision idealism based on conceptions of his own magnanimous forthrightness and self-importance235 is what made Othello susceptible to influences and schemes of evil intent by individuals One can clearly see these flaws in Othello when Iago pours lies into his head about Desdemona and Cassio In the scene where Desdemona and Cassio innocently exchange words about Othellos recent behavior towards Cassio Iago takes total control of Othellos thoughts due to the fact that Othello has entered into power but thinks that everyone still sees him as just a moor who was a slave Iago used Othellos Insecurities against him to control him Champion goes on to describe Iago as a totally single dimensional creature of calculated self-controland gives the appearanceof credible and intriguing character development 253 As the play opens Iago is shown manipulating Rodrigo into informing Brabantio of Desdemonas secret marriage with Othello After Rodrigo informs Brabantio of Desdemonas location Iago runs to Othello and acts like his best friend and informs him that another has conspired to ruin Othellos honeymoon When Brabantio confronts Othello Iago takes his place as Othellos one and only loyal friend who is ready to fight for Othellos happiness This is the best part to show how a man like Iago can quickly change faces and sides to best suit his goals and schemes Through out the whole play Iagos actions
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