• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss this interpretation of Iagos role in the light of the critical views you have read

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Iago's special relationship with the audience unbalances the morality of the play and comes close to turning the villain into a villain hero." Discuss this interpretation of Iago's role in the light of the critical views you have read. Iago is one of the main characters in this Shakespeare play. Shakespeare presents him as a compelling villain, who seems to revel in his ability to destroy. His role leads to the deaths of Othello, Desdemona, Emilia and Roderigo and according to D.R. Godfrey, is one of "the most completely villainous characters in all literature." In this play Iago is the external force according to Aristotle's definition of tragedy. He uses the weaknesses of Othello - the hero of the tragedy - to get his revenge after Othello gave the job of lieutenant to Cassio and not Iago. Jealousy is one of the mains motives in his role. Iago is eaten up by sexual jealousy. He hates the Moor because he thinks the Moor has slept with his wife and yet there is no evidence that Othello takes any interest sexually in his wife. "Twixt my sheets he's done my office" (1.3.379). Here, we know that Iago doesn't understand love or loving relationship as he is eaten up with sexual jealously. This does make him a fascinating character as he telling Roderigo and the audience that Othello slept with his wife but he doesn't care. Jealously is his initial motive for disgracing Cassio. ...read more.

Middle

Furthermore, in Act two scenes three, he questions the audience about his villainy. He has advised Cassio to ask Desdemona to speak to Othello about getting his job back, but the audience know that he is a villain. "How am I them a villain" (331-337). He revelling his own acting abilities. His attitude is very crude and materialistic but he doesn't care if he a villain. This is fascinating; and yet, he is enjoys himself by asking the audience how is he a villain when he knows the answer. Throughout the play, Iago treatment to Roderigo and his persuasive powers are also cruel. "By th'mass, 'tis morning; pleasure and action make the hours seem short............Nay, get thee gone" (2.3.356-359). Iago continues to control Roderigo smoothly; he is confident with his plan and oppose aside Roderigo's complain. However, his behaviour toward Cassio and his moment about reputation is very comic. "Cassio hath beaten thee and thou by that small hurt ....yet fruits and blossom first will be ripe" (2.3.361-364). In Act Three, Scene Three (34) Iago's deceptively open a short and simple line "Ha, I like not that". He doesn't like the way Cassio walks away from Desdemona manners, gives apparently ignoring Othello. Iago next speech is skilfully a false view of Cassio's judgment. "Cassio, my lord? No I cannot think it, that he would sneak away so guilty-like, seeing you coming". He then repeats the question again which allow Othello himself to think of the answer. ...read more.

Conclusion

"He foams at mouth". Next he is viewing on women; he thinks all women in Venice were prostitute, including Desdemona and his wife. 4.1.93-35, "A housewife that by selling her desires buys herself bread and clothes; it is a creature..." He reduces down Desdemona in object. This is horrible evil. Throughout, the act, the audience realise everything that he done to Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, and Roderorigo but other character doesn't realise. Iago appear on the next scene in line, 164-166, "I pray you be content; 'tis but his humour...... And does he chide with you". He acting this but he still has a bit of compassion. He is not all evil but realistically evil lead to dangerous. He then uses horrible ironic, "Hank how these instrument summon to supper;........ all thing share be well(168-170)". He thinks all his plan is going on well. Iago reappear at the beinging of act 5 this shows his plan is successful, "here, stand behind this bulk;......... and fix most firm thy resolution". At the end of the scene he use rhymed couplet, he appear as evil coming and he play a high stage as a gamble. "this is the night that either makes me, or fordoes me quite". He is success in his plan. For Shakespeare's judgement, Honigmann perhaps says that "indirectly these denunciations of Iago also help to rehabilitate Othello who's smothering Desdemona comes close to turning the hero into a villain." I would agree with Honigmann, as at the end of the play Othello kill his own wife and stab him after. Therefore, evil had won at the end of the play and I believe that good and evil is exist in the world. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    knows that Geoffrey will go mad if she tells him about her affair. Katharine takes her frustration out on the English patient, making various colors of bruises on his skin with her blows, throwing plates at his head, and stabbing forks into his shoulder.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Both A Passage to India and Heart of Darkness can be interpreted as portraying ...

    4 star(s)

    is the environment which will very likely be responsible for her downfall. She is also very aware of the defects which are already present in her personality, and which will allow her to become like the other women.

  1. Othello + Sense & Sensibility comparision. William Shakespeares Othello and Jane Austens Sense and ...

    Moreover Othello mistreats his wife by killing her at the end . "Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men." (V. ii. 6). He plots to kill Desdemona because he thinks she has committed infidelity. He continues with his plan even when Desdemona states that she has been loyal to him.

  2. Comparing the Role of Women in Sense and Sensibility and Othello

    Finally, Elinor is ecstatic to hear that her Edward, who has always been her love has come back which she thought would have been impossible after Edward's engagement with Lucy. Marianne is wild, sort of reckless and she didn't follow society's norms for a relationship.

  1. Compare and contrast how the destructive nature of love is presented in Shakespeares Othello, ...

    Love has the potential to destroy one's good nature. This is expressed in Othello where the events in the play turn the Moor from a well respected General to a violent bully. Othello's transformation of character is piloted by Iago; Shakespeare shows this in a verbal representation of Iago's influence

  2. In both Othello and The Merchant of Venice, however, Shakespeare presents female characters who ...

    It is possible to say that the women only appear deceitful because they are secretly breaking the constraints of society. If women had the same rights as men, perhaps they wouldn?t have to act in secret. However, Desdemona?s blatant disregard for society?s strictures is shown by her elopement.

  1. Explore the corruption of morality and its consequences within the texts of Othello, The ...

    Dorian Gray?, the readers start to see how far Henry?s ?mere words? of corruption is going and because of how ?terrible they are?, we get to see Henry gain a powerful control over Dorian as he was ?dimly conscious that entirely fresh influences were at work within him?.

  2. Compare the opening sections of "Brighton Rock" and "Othello". What Impressions of time/place, character ...

    ?keep up your bright swords?, as it is better to ?command with years than with your weapons?. This conveys to the audience that for Othello, violence is not the answer, which creates the idea of sophistication within Venice. However, in Brighton Rock, Pinkie solves his problems with a chain of murders.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work