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Men should be as they seem By Mike Hourie The four main characters in the play Othello represent four different character traits of manhood Roderigo the failure Othello the hero yet the insane lover Cassio the noblemen and Iago the villain yet the strongest character of the play Of these four characters Roderigo reveals the weakest character traits Iago effortlessly profits from Roderigos deficiency in a intelligence in fact Iago himself said he would not waste time and effort on such a snipeI iii 387 except for sport and profit Towards the end of the play Roderigo reveals some traits that might classify him as a man with a spine He finally stands up to Iago and threatens to expose the conspiracy against Othello and Cassio but ultimately his flaws overpower his virtuous traits and he is persuaded by Iago to kill Cassio instead Likewise Othello is the tragic hero of the play but his character is also weak Jealousy is Othellos major downfall He reveals his insecurities in the scene where he strikes Desdemona and calls her a devil Similarly in the brothel scene Othellos insecurities arise when he cruelly questions Desdemona He condemns her as a simple bawd and a whore which he has no real proof of Iago also easily manipulates Othello like Roderigo throughout the play Othello is naive He demonstrates that a few well-placed suggestions can alter his train of thought such as when Iago was talking to Cassio and made Othello believe that the lieutenant was speaking of Desdemona instead of Bianca On the whole Othello was a weak character and a naive man In contrast Cassios character is strong He spoke about Othello with dignity and grace which no other character in the play does Also Cassio showed extreme loyalty to the Moor Cassios only flaw is that he temporarily lost his power of reasoning when he was drunk and let himself be manipulated
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