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How Iago is portrayed in Othello

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Introduction

The audience becomes complicit in Iago's intention and, like it or not, is soon involved in his vengeful potting. He actually asks them what he should do...Many actors who have played the part have been capable of getting members of the audience to share Iago's delight in his own powers of evil intention. The inevitable question the audience are to ask themselves when reading or watching this play is weather they see Iago as remarkably clever or Othello as a fool. I personally believe that it would be near to impossible for Othello to disbelieve in Iago, as the way he distorts perception ( which is one of the main themes in the play), and his dangerously persuasive and deceptive personality come together to create the tragic catastrophe at the climax of the play. The character of Iago makes the not only the other characters, but also the audience see what he wants them to see. Shakespeare's use of Iago's soliloquies enables the audience to see Iago's true intentions, which is something the characters are unaware of. ...read more.

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The ingenious way this character is able to manipulate situations in order to deceive others and make them see and believe what he wants too is well presented by Shakespeare when both Cassio and Othello are present and he wishes to make it look to Othello as if he is talking about Desdemona, but make Cassio assume he is talking about Bianca. Cassio says 'I think I'faith she loves me'...to which Othello replies, but not directly to Cassio, 'Now he importunes him to tell it o'er'. From these lines it is evident that Iago's plots of deception on the both of them have been successful, as they both believe Iago is honest. The audience would see here just how Iago is able to control situations to his advantage, which would make them hate but admire him at the same time. Iago refers to honest people as 'honest fool'. This opinion of honesty reflects his inability to trust, as he knows himself how it is easy lie and deceive. ...read more.

Conclusion

The colour black represents evil in this play, and Iago's racism is shown through this. For example he tells Brabantio that 'An old black ram is tupping your white ewe.' This comparison of white and black...purity and evil shows Iago's ignorance to real love, as it can occur no matter what race your are. Iago claims he will 'make the net that shall enmesh them all'. The use of sound patterning shows Iago's ingenious, creative personality, but the idea behind the words shows the true evil in his heart. In conclusion, I think through language, imagery, soliloquies and dialogue Shakespeare presents Iago to the audience provokes them to feel in awe of him, both because of his ingenuity and his sheer audacity to create such a tragic downfall without guilt. However, it does not go unnoticed to the audience of Iago's misogynistic, cruel, manipulative soul. The end result of the play is for the audience to hate Iago, but at the same time admire what some might call, his 'intelligence'. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rosie Arnell ...read more.

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