what is the importance of reputation in Othello??

its evident that iago wouldnt have been able to do what he did without such a good reputation for being honest, like in act 3 scene 3, othello presses him for why he says "indeed!"

this is because he believes iago is an honest man and wants to know his opinion on the subject, because if he didnt have the reputation for being honest iago, othello probably would not care what he had to say on the matter.

Im still trying to figure out some other things though

if anyone could put forward their opinion/knowledge on the subject it would be much appreciated.



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Reputation is considered supremely important in the play. When Othello is called to testify as to the reasons for his elopement with Desdemona, Othello is sure that as a well-respected and valiant military leader, his former actions will show him to be honourable. He says in Act I scene ii -

My parts, my title, and my perfect soul,

Shall manifest me rightly

Cassio is also most distressed after his actions under the influence of alcohol cause Othello to dismiss him from his service in Act II Scene iii -

O, I have lost my reputation!

I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.

My reputation, Iago, my reputation!


"Othello" - William Shakespeare