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Explore the presentation of the relationship between Othello and Iago

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  • Submitted: 25/02/2009
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AS and A Level Othello

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Explore the presentation of the relationship between Othello and Iago

Othello and Iago are the two main characters in 'Othello' and they represent the stereotypical cliché of 'good versus bad.' Othello, the noble, honest and brave general represents good, whereas Iago, the bitter, evil, misogynistic lieutenant represents everything evil and destructive. Despite their differences, they have been friends for many years, as Iago has not revealed his malevolent characteristics. He pretends to be a perfect gentlemen and a friend of the community when he is persistently perceived as "honest Iago," yet as the tragedy unfolds, Iago's true colours are revealed. However, Iago's character does not change throughout the play - he was evil in the beginning and remains evil when the play concludes. In contrast, the mannerisms and actions of Othello change dramatically for the worse as the play progresses and the root cause of this is Iago. Iago is very much the instigator of everything evil in the play; he is the catalyst for evil. The relationship between the two main characters is ever-changing as Iago's plot becomes more sinister and his grip over Othello tightens.

Iago's hatred for Othello clearly stems from bitterness for not

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