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Examine the friendship between Othello and Iago and how it links to the downfall of Othello

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´╗┐Examine the friendship between Othello and Iago and how it links to the downfall of Othello Othello and Iago are one of the most distinctive protagonist and antagonist in all of Shakespeare?s plays as they both depict the conventional stereotype of good against evil, Othello clearly symbolises the ?good? character as he is represented as both moral and virtuous, on the other hand Iago?s persona characterises the wicked and immoral which he rebelliously possesses. Iago?s sham friendship is not revealed until the very end of the play, he disguises himself as a close partner of Othello as he is acknowledged as ?honest Iago? which the audience knows to be deceitful view as he resembles pure and utter evil. Nonetheless they have been associates for a few years; however Iago?s representation is suddenly changed once Othello is promoted to being general of the Venetian society. Iago?s immoral behaviour doesn?t seem to waver at all in the play, in the play we initially learn of his act of vengeance which he wishes to commit and he unquestionably commits it right through to the end of the play. Iago in some respect is without a doubt the provocateur of all aspects evil in the play, he is to a great extent the stimulant of all immorality. ...read more.

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Immediately when the play instigates we learn of Iago?s jealousy and resentment towards Othello, the mere reason being that he was not given the position of being ?the moor?s lieutenant?, which was given to the honourable Cassio of ?Florentine?. Iago being a long-lasting compatriot of Othello is in disbelief of his final decision, blindly neglecting their friendship and giving this role to an outsider who doesn?t have the equivalent level of experience or passion as Iago. Having ultimately made this verdict to assign Cassio the role in which Iago has been yearning for all these years is the most apparent motive for his hate. His scheming plans to demise Othello seemingly for vengeance is at first ambiguous to some extent, we know of how he wishes to be Othello?s lieutenant, once he does succeed Cassio his greed for more does not end yet. This insatiability for more shows that revenge for not being promoted wasn?t the only reason, he describes Othello as the ?lusty moor? and that he had ?leaped? into his chosen position. This shows that Iago was beyond doubt discouraged by Cassio?s appointment that he would have brought death to him and the individuals who came in between this too would have been hurt, this shows that there are further, more profound reasons behind Iago?s plot. ...read more.

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at fault for his breakdown as he doesn?t believe that Iago was the only influence in his downfall, ?nothing that is in Iago is absent from Othello, though there is much in Othello of which Iago never dreamed. It would be misleading to say that Iago is an extension of Othello, for Iago is complete in himself. But it may be illuminating to point out that the response of one to the other is immediate, or if not immediate, sure?. A significant aspect of the play is Iago?s monologues; this is when the audience are able to learn of his intention and how he really feels. The audience becomes aware of Iago?s true goal as his soliloquies shows how powerful and cruel his feelings really are; in Act 2 Scene I his emotive language emphasises this hatred, ?At least into a jealousy so strong, that judgment cannot cure?, this quotation shows how Iago?s disgust had stemmed from jealousy. The outward dialogue gives the audience a clear and concise insight into Iago?s true appearance, he uses grotesque imagery very well describing how he feels, ?Though I do hate him as I do hell's pains, yet for necessity of present life? as well as ?let her rot, and perish, and be damned to-night?. ...read more.

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