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Men have argued over it fought over it and even killed over it It comes in the form of respect and can be achieved in various ways depending on culture and traditions What is it A little thing called pride Society demands that whether or not how manly one is depends on the honor and respect he attains Throughout Shakespeares tragedy Othello the character of Othello whom regarded their pride as everything caused the death of many characters Othello is defensively proud of himself and his achievements and especially proud of the honorable appearance he presents In the beginning of the play Othello speaks modestly about his life to Barbantio Cassio and Iago For example Othello says My parts my title and my perfect soul shall manifest me rightly However the allegations of Desdemonas affair impair his pride causing extreme humility and jealousy Othello changed his personality when he lost his blissful ignorance because of Iago and demanded proof from Iago He exclaimed Farwell Pride pomp and circumstances of glorious war Othello was unmasked with a great embarrassment which his wife was cheating on him and he couldnt bare it He needed to appear accomplished powerful and moral at all times and when this is almost denied to him his wounded appearance amounts enough to change his natural character Also after Emilia came forward and revealed the truth about Desdemonas handkerchief Othello said but why should honor outlive honesty before he killed himself Othello felt that he should commit suicide because he had made a huge mistake by killing Desdemona and believing Iago and that his pride is gone Losing his honor Othello blamed himself and ended his life because he viewed pride most important in ones life The character of Iago also views honor as important as Othello in a way very much similar to Othello Iago felt very threatened when he realized that his job was given away This major disappointment
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