The fifth act of Othello by Shakespeare, allows the reader to really consider how much one should think about what their actions will cost them if they act too rationally. Iago makes it seem like Cassio and Roderigo got into a fight, and Cassio killed Roderigo. As well as Othello then smothers Desdemona in bed ending in her death. Both Iago and Othello’s actions were acted upon before thought was put into them. The reader is shown how much one needs to really understand their reasons before acting as shown in the fifth act of Othello by William Shakespeare.
Othello, penned by Shakespeare, acknowledge and correctly portrays that actions have their consequences because of actions that Othello and Iago took. When Iago is able to convince Othello that Desdemona is cheating without any real proof, his wife has to stand up for her mistress. Iago is called in and is confronted with all the lies that he has told. Due to all the horrible and untrue actions that he has committed, he has nowhere to hide. All things that he has done bad do not equivalent to all the good things that he has completed. While arguing with his wife Emilia, Iago tells only half of his story. Iago simply tells Othello that he simply had a suspicion but then placed the blame on Othello for finding out the truth. As Iago argued, “I told him what I though and told no more Than what he found himself was apt and true,” (Shakespeare 5.2.12-13). Iago was able to tell half the story without telling all the facts or the whole story. Iago would rather see others blamed for his mistakes and actions then taking the blame himself. Because of all of Iago’s actions and lies, he has to take the consequences of torture for the rest of his life. However, some can argue that Iago is very thoughtful about his actions and he is very well planned. When Iago plans for the fight to happen between Roderigo and Cassio he thought that he would get rid of Roderigo for spilling the beans and get rid of Cassio to completely earn Othello’s respect. Iago doesn’t want Roderigo to go the Desdemona and have him telling her all the Iago had committed. So Iago comes up with a plan to get rid of Roderigo so he doesn’t tell and get rid of Cassio to make Othello happy. Iago has only used Roderigo for his money and for his uses. Iago sees Cassio as a simply inconvenient problem that needs to be taken care of. Iago states, “O murd’rous slave! O villain, (Shakespeare 5.1.73). When Iago calls Roderigo a villain he is simply covering his tracks. The reader can say that Iago has planned this to happen when and if Roderigo felt like telling Desdemona about all the Iago had done. At first glance, people can believe that Iago is very well thought through and everything goes exactly the way that he needs it to go. The audience cannot deny that Iago does everything for a purpose. Every action that Iago does is to get back at Othello, by using one of his many pawns. The interpretation then raises an important question that makes the reader ponder. When the reader really thinks about what Othello did to his wife, they have to think about the reasons. Othello killed his wife because he believed that he had all the facts that he needed. Othello then found out that Desdemona was true to him and Iago had lied about everything he “saw”. Not everything every goes Iago’s way. Iago hadn’t planned on Roderigo telling Desdemona. Iago had believed that Roderigo would simply be someone that Iago could easily play. When Iago found out that Roderigo had plans of his own that didn’t match up to his he simply got rid of the threat. Iago also hadn’t planned that his wife would see through him and least of all disobey him in front of higher ranking. When she did, Iago simply got rid of her by stabbing her with his sword. Iago was able to manipulate Othello’s mind because he was so jealous but Iago wasn’t expecting Othello to also turn on him. Not everything goes the way that Iago would like it to go, even if it might seem like everything is going to Iago’s plan. Clearly, as shown in Othello by William Shakespeare, the audience can see that actions have their consequences if they are not thoroughly thought through.