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Othellos destruction by Iago is inevitable due to a combination of Iagos plotting and Othellos character flaws Iagos cunning character in Shakespeares play has identified Othellos vulnerability through flaws of jealousy trust poor judgement naivety and love for the fair Desdemona Iagos pure hate for the Moor leads to the success of Othellos downfall through Iagos manipulative and conniving plotting Perhaps without Iagos clever plotting Othello might have had a chance to communicate with and learn to truly know Desdemona before his weaknesses were ignited However the reality is that Iago did successfully plot Othellos downfall and is simply unavoidable with the combination of both the scheming and Othellos flaws Othellos love for Desdemona is so pure and new that the slightest presumption of dishonesty planted by Iago is manipulated and exaggerated to turn Othellos love for her into madness and murder Act I scene ii 24-28 For know Iago but that I love the gentle Desdemona I would not my undous free condition put into circumscription and confine for the seas worth He describes the greatness of his love for Desdemona and how he wouldnt give it up for all the riches in the sea The greatness of Othellos character in the beginning leads the audience to honour him and convinces them he is strong enough to endure the evilness of his tragic fate His greatness is partly if not solely why Desdemona fell in love with him Act I scene iii 166-167 She loved me for the dangers I had passed and I loved her that she did pity them She thought he was a great man and thus she fell in with him for his heroic and strong nature Desdemona is not the only one who admires and acknowledges Othellos greatness the Duke Lodovico the other soldiers and many more Its not only his heroics and courage that make him great he is also very respectful honest noble and sincere
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