OTHELLO INTERPITIVE JOURNAL 2


In act two Othello and others arrive in Cyprus. Iago is still plotting
against Othello while he tries to ruin Othello’s life. He is using other
charters to get to Othello. Othello is a very courageous, kind and
admirable General. However his kindness is gradually leading him into
destruction and confusion.

Othello is a man who can take control in any situation. Even if the odds
are against him, Othello is a respectful man in any situation. Othello
has just reunited with Desdemona as "profits yet to come ’tween" (2.3.12)
them before they separate again. Othello is telling Desdemona that even
the profits will not come between them. Othello will concur the profits to
stay with Desdemona at all costs. Othello will be brave to take control of
his life. He is strong enough to stop anyone that he knows is a threat to
him or Desdemona. He will tell anyone to do as he say’s and if they do not
he will give them the warning to "hold, for your lives" (2.3.176) or they
will be slayed like wild animals. Othello takes control in this situation
by threatening to end Cassio and Montano’s life if they do not stop their
petty fight. He shows a great leadership strength by taking control of
everyone’s actions. Ohello lets everyone know who is the boss while being
respectful and courteous. Othe!
llo continues to try and be nice while he demands Cassio and Montano to
"speak" (2.3.190) and asks "who began this" (2.3.190) before he decides
who is at fault and who should be penalized for what is happening. He
gives everyone a fair chance to say what they want. He wants to know all
of the facts before he passes judgment on either one of the men involved
in the brawl. Othello shows how he can be a great leader even in the worst
of situations. He passes judgment and "Cassio, I love thee, but nevermore
be officer of mine" (2.3.264-265) is all that Othello has to say. He tries
his best to let Cassio down easily even though he has just ended Cassio’s
career. This hits Othello as hard as it does Cassio because he put almost
all of his trust into Cassio to do his duty. All of the evidence shows how
Othello is willing and able to take control of any situation that is
thrown upon him, even those that concern some of the people who are
closest to him.


Othello is a man who puts a lot of trust into everyone. This trust
may lead to his demise in his career and in his life. He puts a lot of
trust into Cassio and Cassio blows this trust by getting drunk and
fighting with Montano. He is reluctant to ask Cassio "have you forgot
all sense of place and duty" (2.3.179) because of the answer that he may
get. This makes both Cassio and Othello look bad. Othello is Cassio’s
general and the fight reflects on Othello and how he runs things in his
army. Othello still trusts almost everyone as much as before the
brawl but he should be and doesn’t even realize what is really happening
as "honest Iago" (2.3.189) is the only witness to a strange situation
again. Othello asks Iago "that looks dead with grieving, speak"
(2.3.189-190) so he knows what has happened in the brawl. Othello does not
know that Iago is not even as trust worthy as Cassio is. Iago tells the
truth for the first time in the book because the truth hurts Cassio more!
than lies would. Othello just wants to know how everything happened. He
trusts Iago with everything he owns and loves. It is to bad for him that
he cant here what is going on in Iagos head when he say’s "I play the
villain, when this advice is free I give" (2.3.357) because Iago
describes how he really is. Othello has no idea the man he trusts the most
is the one he should despise the most. Iago is using Othello for his own
personal gain and has no remorse for
anything he does to him and others foiling his dreams. Othello is using
his wrongful trust mode and more on his way to his own demise. All of this
shows how Othello is sending himself into deeper and darker hole that will
lead to his demise. He must learn to trust himself more than others or he
will lose control of all situations that he is to face in the future. For
now Othello still has control