In Shakespeare's play Othello, what are some illusions Othello has about some characters?I have his illusion about Cassio being a drunk and Desdemona cheating on him with Cassio. I need one...

In Shakespeare's play Othello, what are some illusions Othello has about some characters?

I have his illusion about Cassio being a drunk and Desdemona cheating on him with Cassio. I need one more for my essay on Othello's illusions.

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The most obvious illusion is that Iago is 'honest' and is trusted totally by Othello.

The audience is clearly convinced of Iago’s duplicity as this is laid out clearly from Act I scene i:

Though I do hate him as I do hell-pains,
Yet for necessity of present life,
I must show out a flag and sign of love,
Which is indeed but sign. (Act I scene i)

 However it is Othello’s inability to see Iago’s true self, which is Othello’s fatal flaw.

In Act I scene ii, Iago swears ‘by Janus’ – the two-faced Roman god. Honesty is mentioned over 40 times in the play, and most often connected with Iago. It is not just Othello who is deceived by Iago: every other character in the play is duped by him too.

 

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