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In Shakespeares Othello he creates the protagonist Othello who is sane at the beginning of the play and due to the manipulation and treachery becomes insane by the end of the play The antagonist Iago proves himself to be treacherous throughout the play but he is not the only character who played a part in making Othello insane In fact Othello himself played a key part in breaking himself down mentally until his demise in Act VI Throughout the play several characters planted seeds into Othellos mind until by Act 5 Othello had become completely insaneIn Act I Othello was given the idea that Desdemona had not truly married him because she was in love with him but because she was manipulated by Othello Barbantio plants this idea in Othellos mind when he says I therefore vouch again that with some mixtures powerful oer the blood or with some drawn conjured to this effect he wrought upon her I III 121-124 By Barbantio telling Othello that Desdemona was under some form of influence when she decided she wanted to marry him he put the idea of doubt in Othellos mind Othello begins to question if his relationship with Desdemona is a true relationship This was the first component planted in Othellos mindOthellos military background also played a key-part in his retaliation against Desdemona Othellos military mindset has caused him to believe that when he is dishonored he must kill the person who dishonored him Since Othello believes that he is a cuckold he believes that because of this he will lose his job as commander because no one will respect a cuckoldThis is illustrated when Othello says The royal banner and all quality pride pomp and circumstance of glorious war And O you mortal engines whose rude throats th immortal Joves dread clamors counterfeit Farewell Othellos occupations gone III III 405-409Othellos reputation lost so he feels that his life will never be the same Because
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