Explain how Othello is easily deceived using specific examples and quotations.

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A combination of a ruthless, evil Iago masquerading as Othello’s best friend and Othello’s own insecurities ensure Othello’s false belief in his wife’s infidelity.

Iago’s mind games begin to cause doubt in Othello’s mind. He begins subtly but then becomes bolder in his accusations. Just a simple suggestion that Cassio was talking to Desdemona and “would steal away so guiltylike” is enough to get Othello thinking. Couple that suggestion with Desdemona’s innocent insistence that Othello give Cassio another chance, plus add in Othello’s own insecurities, and the seeds of doubt are planted.

Iago is a master at manipulation, so he drops hints here and there to stir Othello’s anger. He warns the general against jealousy, “the green-eyed monster which doth mock/ The meat it feeds on.” A mere suggestion is all it takes to play on Othello’s insecurities. A reminder that Desdemona is capable of deception is that she has already lied to her father in order to marry...

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