Deception, which by its definition is a bad thing and has only one level or degree, is truly not this way at all.
Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different.
Deception can also be completely bad in it’s intent.
The person who always has bad intentions in his deception is Iago. ”(1V.1.106-109) Iago told Othello that he would discuss Desdemona with Cassio, and that he would talk about the affair.
This shows that even though Desdemona deceived her father and the outcome was bad, it was not severe because her intentions were good hearted.
Another example of the degree of deception was when Iago said to Othello, “She did deceive her father, marrying you” (111.3.205).Her reasons were very simple, because she loved her father she wanted to protect him.Desdemona knew that her father would eventually find out the truth, but she felt that by hiding her relationship with Othello she would be delaying the inevitable pain that her father was going to feel.There are only a few characters that use deception, and those characters all use different degrees of deception to get what they want in the play.Deception is almost always used through verbal language or body language because it is the easiest way to deceive a person.Iago deceives many people in the play, and one incident is in act 4 when he tricks Othello into thinking that he is talking with Cassio about Desdemona, when he is actually talking about Bianca. Now if this suit lay in Bianca’s power, How quickly should you speed! Iago does not do this, instead he talks about Bianca with Cassio and Cassio laughs at things Iago says, Othello seeing Cassio laugh thinks that Cassio is laughing at Desdemona, and this angers Othello very much.In this scene Iago used both verbal and body language to deceive Othello.Othello “Lend me your handkerchief.” Desdemona “I have it not about me.” Othello “Is’t lost? This, according to the definition of deception is bad. Because Desdemona knew that if she told Othello the truth he would become very angry, she lied to him and said she had the handkerchief.Desdemona’s intentions for lying were good, because Desdemona loved Othello she decided to protect him from getting angry.There are many occasions where a person may deceive another and feel he or she has done a good deed.When Othello asks Desdemona for the handkerchief, because he has suspicions that she is cheating on him, Desdemona lies and says she has it. ” Desdemona “It is not lost” (111.4.52-83) Desdemona lies to Othello, and tries to deceive him.