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Aujene-Jecole Whorton


English 10 Honors

18 May 2017

Lies, Love or Lust

In the book Othello written by Shakespeare Iago believes that acts of human nature is based on unintentional desires of lust. Othello’s views of human nature are antithetical to Iago, he believes that love is the humane purpose of trust and loyalty.

Iago views of human nature is that with love comes the uncontrollable desires of lust. After Othello and Desdemona leave , Iago and Roderigo hold a private conversation. Roderigo is crying out about how he wants to kill himself knowing that Desdemona and Othello have just spoken with Duke and Desdemona's father, Brabantio, about their soul loving relationship. At this point Iago begins to convince Roderigo that it is not a big deal as he gives ideas of the implied human nature of Desdemona. He explains that “ It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the will.” (Shakespeare 52). He is simply explaining to Roderigo that love strictly only comes from the feelings of lust. The human nature of lust, in Iago's eyes is the reason why rational thinking is forgotten when it comes to making important decisions.

Othellos views of human nature is completely different from Iago's, he believes that with love comes trust and loyalty. In Scene 3 everything broke loose when Duke asked Desdemona what she really wanted. Finally admitting, she had told Duke, Brabantio, Cassio, and Senators that she wanted to live with Othello. With so many antagonistic views Othello continuously defends his lady true motives of being in a relationship with him to prove to Brabantio that Desdemona will not deceive him. Willing to put forth anything Othello even braggs “My life upon her faith!” (Shakespeare 50). Othello has so much belief towards his perception of Human Nature that he is willing to put his life on the line to prove to all that question the power the love. Confident in their love Othello vibes the natural trust and loyalty of Desdemona. This is obvious knowing that he put absolutely everything and even his life within the faith of Desdemona loving and trustful human nature.

Therefore, It is clear that Iago and Othello have opposing views of human nature. Iagos beliefs carry him to the conclusion that lust lies behind human nature, yet Othello has challenged the audience to the theory of human nature being trust and loyalty when love is involved.

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