Othello: What could possibly go wrong?

In Susan Snyder’s essay “Othello:A Modern Perspective” she gives us various points of views of the different turmoils that causes the play to go the way it did. The main and prominent reason being Iago. Snyder sates that evil is not always a part of one’s personality, however, it is a sign of insecurity. While Snyder makes some very acute points and has a pretty solid reason I must disagree with what she says. While it’s true being evil is not an innate part of a person’s natural personality it is more of a trait that is developed from the moment we are born.

Iago, while being seen in a good light by those around him, is a passionate man. It is said passion that draws forth the darkness that is within human heart. People live their lives by what the perceive to be true. That’s what people define their reality as. But as everyone perceives what is true in different ways there is no harden example of it being the correct reality. The first instance we see of Iago’s passion is him thinking that his wife is cheating on him-while not denied or confirmed going off what she said in private while talking with Desdemona one can only assume- we can since that Iago has at least some affection for his wife even though he treats he not to well. A wise man once stated: “When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.” Meaning love and hate are two sides of the same coin. Love is is after all, another way to spell Evil backwards. Evil, Evol,Love.


A Deeper Meaning

Sarah Vowell’s book “Assassination Vacation” is a wild combination of facts, narratives, and thoughts that meld together to form an amazing literary work that tells the bloody history of the United States presidency. A four chapter book and almost half of it is dedicated to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s sixteenth president. While Vowell spends a majority of the time telling us about the tours she takes with her family along with some very interesting facts, she also reveals her critical thinking and mind of a writer by analyzing Lincoln’s most famous speeches.However, Vowell’s analysis and interpretation opens up a new thinking process for the reader as she makes some very interesting case points in her analysis.

While Vowell is standing at the Lincoln mermorial in Washington D.Cm she taks a moment to “pause under the marble feet.” as she muses and reads over two of Lincoln’s speeches the main primary one being the Second Inaugural Address. In this “malice towards no one” speech Vowell picks up on Lincoln’s sarcasm. Her favorite “two parts” are examples of his sarcasm. The example-while seeming to be small and unnoticeable- are the ┬álast four words of the speech, “And the war came.”. While seeming to be basic mundane words these four words as analyzed buy Vowell gives a different perspective to a speech that barely anyone has learned in depth about. Never would’ve imagined that four simple words could be so heavy and carry so much weight.