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Othellos character during the play is first shown as a hero of war and a man of great pride and courage The other main characters in the play all form their own opinions of him and as the play continues his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble Chronologically through the play Othellos character changes from a flawless military leader to become a murderer Also as the play progresses the other characters in the play change their opinions of Othello which causes the plot to happen the way it did Throughout the first act of the play Othello was shown as many different characters depending on who was speaking Iago complains of Othellos pride and bombast circumstance and is angered by the appointment of Cassio and educated military theoretician of Florence to lieutenant instead of himself Although he knows Othello is a proud man his open and trusting nature in the beginning of the play will be eroded by the conclusion of the plot As Iago is speaking to Brabantio about Othello he uses the term white ewe to represent Desdemona and black ram when referring to Othello By using these terms it shows that he is trying to give a bad impression of Othello when he is speaking to the royal family in Venice because Othello is a Moor or a Negro Iago shows his black hatred for the Moor and his jealousy of Cassio in his first soliloquy and also reveals his evil intentions As the act continues and Othello is being searched for by a group of people Iago attempts to incite Othello into anger against Brabantio but Othello does not take the bait He feels that he Brabantio may do his worst because Othello is assured that his military services to the government will outweigh Brabantios complaints of him marrying Desdemona These answers to Iagos persistence show that he is still a character of calmness and dignity
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