Sunday, October 4, 2015

Othello Act 5 S/R Lewis

In Act V of Othello, William Shakespeare painfully illustrates how Iago was able to ruin the lives of almost every main character in the story. Iago killed Roderigo and Emilia himself, as well as Desdemona and Othello indirectly. After a planned scuffle between Roderigo and Cassio, Iago killed Roderigo, feigning a fight between them. Othello strangled Desdemona in her bed, fully believing that if he didn’t,  she would have continued to betray other men. Emilia found out about Desdemona’s death, and then accused Othello and Iago of being murderers. Iago killed Emilia, and Othello killed himself after learning that Desdemona was actually completely innocent. The villainous Iago was then taken away to be tortured and killed. William Shakespeare leaves an image of sadness in the reader’s mind at the end of Act V in Othello.

Othello, by William Shakespeare, correctly depicts how Iago was able to manipulate and ruin the lives of many characters. Iago’s ability to manipulate people led to the death of almost everybody. After a brief fight that was engineered by Iago between Cassio and Roderigo, Iago killed Roderigo. Roderigo describes the hopelessly villainous nature of Iago with his final words. He utters the words, “O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!” (5.1.73.). Roderigo almost expresses sympathy for Iago and those who are manipulated by him. In trying so hard to get what he wanted, Iago ended the lives of everyone important to him. Iago’s efforts almost seem hopeless. In the end of Shakespeare’s tragic tale, the reader finds that all of Iago’s efforts were useless.

However, Iago at times may have seemed