The question of whether Othello is a good or bad figure is perhaps divisive. He is both a brave soldier and an attentive Desdemona’s spouse on the one hand. On the other hand, he is too simple and insecure.
Othello’s mind has been predisposed to Iago’s deception, and he goes mad as a result. As a consequence of his jealousy, he murders his innocent wife and commits suicide, blinded by his prejudice. Overall, Othello does not appear to be the tale’s main villain. He does not, however, deserve the title “good guy.”
The protagonist of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is seen by the readers as a great military leader. As a brave and powerful commander, he leads the Venetian army to victory. Furthermore, he is a devoted and cautious spouse. At the start of the play, he esteems Desdemona for her breathtaking beauty.
As the narrative continues, it develops in an unexpected direction. Iago plays with Othello’s emotions by planting ideas in his head about Desdemona and Cassio’s closeness. What is Iago’s purpose? He envies Othello for his professional achievement as well as his personal contentment. The antagonist explains:
“I hate the Moor:
And it is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets
He has done my office: I know not if’t be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do as if for surety. He holds me well;
The better shall my purpose work on him.”
(Act 1, scene 3)
Othello’s reaction to Iago’s insinuations has a significant influence on him. The Moor’s actions expose his bad qualities, blunting his positive reputation. Othello’s gullibility and innocence play a cruel joke on him, causing jealousy and fury. He starts to mistreat his wife without reason.
The play’s Iago, who frequently manipulates events to his advantage as a result of his wickedness, is another example. It also shows Othello’s self-doubt and inclination to condemn without fully clarifying the circumstances.
Othello devolves into a weak hero who acts against his own interests. Furthermore, the play’s final scene underlines Othello’s sensitivity. Instead of attacking Iago, the protagonist curses himself and ends his life instead of attacking him.
Othello is the actual villain. Even though he starts out as a hero, he eventually becomes a murderer due to emotionally untrustworthy and jealousy.