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What does Shakespeare's Othello suggest about the importance

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What does Shakespeare's Othello suggest about the importance of reputation in an individual's life?

Reputation generates an individual's self-worth and a public image. The desire for a greater reputation may lead to the corruption of an individual's morals and ideas, and therefore harmfully manipulating others to ensure their selfish prosperity and success. The importance of an individual's reputation is that reputation governs an individuals actions; and their actions determine their reputation.
An individual's image from the perspective of others is defined by his reputation, therefore, his actions are influenced by these distinctions.
An individual's reputation is his defining characteristic, which reflects his integrity, honour, and respect; when an individual loses his reputation, he has also lost his prestige, dignity, and sustenance.
Thesis Statement
Shakespeare's Othello suggests that an individual is willing to risk their honour and integrity in the name of obtaining an esteemed position in society. Reputation mirrors an individual's life, determines how he is perceived by others, and governs his actions.
The hunger for a prestigious reputation in society corrupts the actions of individuals, resulting in the harmful manipulation of others for their personal gain.
II, i, 220
"As honest as I am."
Iago has a reputation of being honest, and it is this reputation that leads others to be so trusting, and therefore so susceptible to Iago's words.
I, iii, 435-441
"Cassio's a proper man... He hath a person and a smooth dispose/ To be suspected..."
Iago takes advantage of Cassio's reputation of being a "smooth talker" to convince Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with him
The affair is believable because of Cassio's reputation
II, iii, 281-283
"O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial."
Cassio is stating that the loss of his reputation is equivalent to the loss of his identity, leaving Cassio to be a face without an identity
Othello asks Montano why he would risk his prestigious reputation by participating in this brawl, showing the importance and power of reputation, and how a small conflict can affect it.
IV, ii, 293
"But why should honor outlive honesty?"
Othello is asking why the reputation of being honorable outlasts honor itself, therefore he is stating and also questioning why reputation is so crucial.
Reputation takes decades to build but can be threatened by a single event
II.iii.49-53
"If I can fasten but one cup upon him/With that which he hath drunk tonight already...As my young mistress' dog."
Iago is stating if he can pursue
Cassio to have at least one drink, Cassio's aggressive nature will encourage him to act out, and get himself fired - part of Iago's plot to power.
II.iii.373-382
"For whiles this honest fool plies Desdemona...she strives to do him good...her own goodness make the net that shall enmesh them all"
Iago is manipulating Cassio's misfortune and Desdemona's good will to his advantage; suggesting to Othello that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair to fuel Othello's jealous rage.
Uses Desdemona's established reputation as a sweet, innocent lady and destroys it reveal to Othello how much of a hussy she is
Iago reigns dominance over Desdemona and Othello by being able to play the general against his own wife and to his ultimate doom
I, iii, 426-429
"Thus do I ever make my fool my purse./ For I mine own gained knowledge should profane/ If I would time expend with such a snipe/ But for my sport and profit."
Iago takes advantage of Roderigo's love for Desdemona by stealing his money as well as getting him to do the "dirty work" in his plan to destroy Othello as
revenge fo
r not giving him lieutenancy.
Since Iago was neglected a higher position, that he desired, by Othello, it leads Iago on a rampage for revenge
So overcome with his insatiable hunger for supremacy that he tries to obtain dominance over Roderigo by pulling at every fibre of Roderigo until he is no more
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II, iii, 202-208
"Worthy Montano... your name is great/In mouths of the wisest censure. What's the matter/That you unlace your reputation thus..."
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Roderigo
Cassio
Desdemona
"I have lost the immortal part of myself": He suggests that a man's life is not fulfilling and honorable unless your name as a reputable person can live on
Conclusion
"We will be known forever by the tracks we leave" - Native American Proverb
One places their dignity and honour in their reputation, and try to maintain the certainty of it by avoiding conflicts that may potentially scratch or injure their reputation
In the name of not being able to pursuing an esteemed position, Iago insists his will upon Cassio with contriving words to assert his power over him
He further affirms his power when Iago indirectly stabs Cassio through Roderigo
"Fair Desdemona"
"Sweet Desdemona"
Desdemona is perceived by her reputation as a pure, kind, good-hearted person. It is this reputation that allows Iago to easily manipulate her. He even states that Desdemona's goodness will be the cause of her downfall.
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