Analysis of Act 5 in Othello Othello essays
Analysis of Act 5 in Othello



����� Iago's intelligence causes the self destruction of Othello.� He appears

to be the most intelligent person in the play, Othello, by the way he acts and

handles some situations.� Iago is set to plan revenge on Othello for not making

him lieutenant.� He gains the trust of Othello by telling lies to him, and

these lies cause the destruction of Othello.



����� Othello should have investigated on some of the outrageous things Iago

has told him.� Iago is simply just trying to gain Othello's trust.� This is

shown when Iago talks about killing Roderigo because he was saying bad things

about Othello.� "Nine or ten times I had thought t' have yerked him here under

the ribs." (1:2, 4-6).� The same thing happens again, this time about Cassio.

"With her - on her - what you will."� (4:1, 42).� Iago tells Othello about

Cassio sleeping with Desdemona.� This appears to be Iago's smartest move

because this causes the death of Desdemona and Cassio.� This part also appears

important to Iago because he is finally made lieutenant.



����� Othello changes dramatically when he hears all these lies from Iago.

He is now less patient.� He hurries through many decisions to be made.� Such as

the one to kill his wife.� He also jumps to conclusions too quickly.� This is

shown when Iago and Bianca are talking about Cassio and Othello misinterprets

them talking about Desdemona.� "Ay, let her rot and perish and be damned

tonight, for she shall not live."� (4:1, 200-201.� Othello is planning

Desdemona's death.� He appears to be very stressed out, by the way he acts and

talks.� He tries to think that everything is all right but based on what he

hears from Iago, it really isn't.



����� Iago's many plans to destroy Othello and others work well.� The

destruction of Othello was mainly caused by himself because he believed all the

stories told by Iago.� This can show how the power of trickery can work on

almost anything.