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How is the relationship between Othello and Iago presented in Act 1 scene 1 and 2?

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How is the relationship between Othello and Iago presented in Act 1 scene 1 and 2? Relationships play an integral role throughout Shakespeare's 'Othello' as relationships are presented through his characters in various forms. The audience learn of the relationship between Othello and Iago first through Iago painting an unflattering image of Othello. It is later known, when Othello is introduced, that the relationship consists of jealousy and malice from Iago's side and trust and nobility from Othello. In the opening scene of the play the audience immediately learn Iago's feelings towards Othello, before Othello himself is introduced. In this scene the audience are introduced to two characters; Iago and Roderigo, who are deep in conversation. Through this conversation the audience learns Iago's feelings towards Othello and his own character, and the scene is set for conflict. The two characters on stage are disputing over Othello and Iago attempts to restore Roderigo's faith in him by describing how much he hates Othello. He states that his main reason for his hate is the Moor because he was passed over for promotion. ...read more.

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Roderigo is used in the play to show the audience Iago's deceitful character and to show that he delights in making trouble. Iago leads Roderigo 'by the nose' throughout the scene and manipulates him to wake Brabantio. In this part of the scene crude descriptions of Othello continue to be made with Othello still absent from the stage. Iago tells Roderigo that he must 'poison his delight' which supports his plan for revenge. In using additional characters to show Iago's true mannerisms enables the audience to see how Iago feels towards Othello and shows him to be a strong manipulative figure. By forcing Roderigo to wake Brabantio, Iago has once gain succeeded in colouring another characters view of Othello. This scene shows that Iago is able to use his words and line of reasoning to his advantage and has exactly the effect from the other characters that he wishes to have. From this scene the audience can establish that from Iago's part of his relationship with Othello is full of deceit and feelings of strong hatred, it has showed his character to be very powerful and conniving. ...read more.

Conclusion

Iago warns Othello and Brabantio 'but I pray Sir'. He has feigned loyalty to evoke trust in Othello and his anxieties towards his character are hypocritical. Othello replies to Iago 'let him do his spite'. This shows the audience that in contrast to the other characters Othello is brave, calm and confident; this represents Othello to be an authoritative and dignified figure. Othello does not rely on Iago's opinion and portrays a sense of conflict and power. From this scene, the use of dramatic irony and direct speech show the audience that the relationship between the two characters is very different. One is set on seeking conflict while the other is set on avoiding conflict. The relationship presented between Iago and Othello in Act 1 scene 1 and 2 are through the use of other characters, literary terms and direct speech. The use of these literary devices enables the audience to see an honest opinion of the character, for example the audience immediately learn Iago's feelings of hatred towards Othello in the opening scene, through the use of other characters and direct speech. These devices help the audience to form an opinion of the characters and are able to see the characters relationship develop throughout the scenes. ...read more.

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