Everyone is responsible for their own reputation. Many people do believe that a reputation can make the best of you, while others would strongly disagree. In Shakespeare’s novel, Othello, the main antagonist, Iago, frequently express that his reputation is important to him. However, he represents just some of the many characters who care a great deed about their reputation. Other characters like Desdemona and Othello also demonstrate a high regard for their reputations. Nevertheless, it is due to the importance of reputation in the novel that Iago, who has an honest reputation, is able to manipulate others, cause the destruction of others reputation and cause several deaths. As a result of …show more content…
As if he plucked up kisses by the roots
That grew upon my lips; then laid his leg
O’er my thigh, and sighed, and kissed, and then
Cried “Crusèd fate that gave thee to the Moor! (III, iii, 472- 482)
This is seen as proof of Desdemona cheating, which caused Othello to see her as a whore. This solidifies that her reputation in Othello’s eyes is ruined. In many ways Iago was able to cause the destruction of several reputations due to his own reputation.
4 Another way Iago’s reputation influenced the lives of others was with the deaths of several people, some according to his plan while