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From Act 1, Othello's implicit trust towards Iago is made clear. He holds firm belief and reliability in Iago's statements and thoughts, confiding in him regularly. Like many others characters in the play, Othello is unable to see past the "Janus" of Iago's character, referring to him as "good Iago" and holding great faith in "thy (Iago's) honesty and love" trusting his prized jewel, Desdemona to him. "I assign my wife to thee". Furthermore, the two had known each other for many years, having fought many battles together. Othello also often declares, "I love thee" to Iago, implying the closeness that he believes he shares with Iago.
On the contrary, the trust and love that Othello shows Desdemona is almost fanciful and self-centred. Initially, he espouses complete romantic love for her, placing her on a pedestool. He speaks of her in suggestive terms as "my soul's joy", and even refers to her as "Promethean heat" prior to murdering her, the vital fire that gives life to the world. However it is this extreme romantic love that allows his views to swing didactically towards jealous love. This in turn becomes the root of Othello's mistru
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- Desdemona is likely to crave some "of her own clime, complexion and degree."
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