Please help with Othello's character.
Othello is a complex character. He is a man who is very much in love with his wife Desdemona, whom he has run off with and married behind her father's back. He is a high ranking general and is a Moor. He is well regarded and respected; however, due to his "dark" skin, there is an underlying element of racism, which Iago uses to its full advantage when he plots to let Desdemona's father know about Othello and Desdemona's marriage. Othello is brave and quick tempered and is vulnerable and gullible, as we find out when Iago convinces him that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Othello tries to give her the benefit of a doubt, but after much plotting by Iago, whom he thinks is his friend, he is finally driven to obsessive madness in his jealousy. FYI: The phrase "green-eyed monster" (jealousy) was coined by Iago!
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