Othello’s confession of his guilt and knowledge of his vulnerability to jealousy and hearsay provides the cathartic moment of the play. When Othello learns how he was manipulated by Iago and driven by his own insecurities and envy in smothering the love of his life he realizes his blunder as well recognizes the truthfulness and fidelity of Desdemona. He accepts his downfall and honors himself with the only proportionate punishment, his own end. The audience learn that emotions like jealousy can affect anyone and sometimes they can mislead even the best of us like brave and venerable Othello.
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