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Iago demands the audiences complicity: we cannot help being fascinated by him Evaluate this view by exploring the dramatic impact of Iago in Othello

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?Iago demands the audience?s complicity: we cannot help being fascinated by him? Evaluate this view by exploring the dramatic impact of Iago in Othello In Othello, it could be said that Iago is the central character as he commands most of the audience?s attention throughout the play. Iago heavily affects the dramatic impact of the play by controlling the other characters quite effectively, planting ideas in their minds and convincing them to go things they wouldn?t usually do e.g. Iago convincing Cassio to drink during the celebrations in act two, scene three. Iago is utterly convincing as he plays several different roles: the professional soldier, the sociable soldier and the bitter soldier, only revealing his true intentions to the audience, even fooling Roderigo who thinks that he is on his side. Iago shows himself to be the master of manipulation as he manages to reveal the other characters insecurities. Most of the dramatic impact in the play is, ultimately at the hands of Iago. From the very first scene, it is revealed to the audience what Iago?s true intentions are regarding Othello. The opening act would make the audience think that Othello really is the person that both Iago and Roderigo describe, making him out to be a barbaric monster, as Iago describes Othello and Desdemona as ?making the beast with two backs?. ...read more.


Iago?s unnerving attitude towards the end of the play shows when he kills Emilia when she finds out that he was the cause for Othello?s jealousy and Desdemona?s tragic death. Even though Iago is shown to be a skilled manipulator and plans to take revenge against Othello, his aims become pretty unclear when he speaks of ?the removing of Cassio?. At the beginning, Iago?s plan was to take revenge on Othello, but then allows the deaths of several characters to take place. It is never clear at any point in the play why Iago would want Cassio and Desdemona to die. Othello predominantly follows Iago thoughts and ideas, making him the central character. The critic Ruth Counting says ?Iago?s destructive cruelty has seemed to many characters to be inadequately motivated?. This shows that many regard Iago?s motives for revenge to be weak. However, it can be noted that the emotions that Iago expresses to the audience as purely hatred, suggesting that Iago is so consumed with hatred that he allows Desdemona and Cassio?s deaths to happen alongside destroying Othello?s life. Although, when Iago is apprehended in the final scene, he is silent throughout the act which could suggest that he is defeated or that the impact of his actions have finally dawning on him. ...read more.


Iago seems to get a sick pleasure from describing sexual acts to other people to make them angry. Iago describing sexual acts to Othello seems to make the affair a realistic idea to him, which could link back to the fact that Iago is a skilled manipulator. Once Iago?s revenge is complete, he does not seem to show any remorse showing that he could have simply always have been a bitter and unhappy person. Overall, Iago adds to the dramatic impact in a number of different ways as he shows himself to be a skilled manipulator, making the other characters do something they would not usually do. Iago?s effective storytelling leaves everyone utterly convinced. As well as being a skilled manipulator, Iago is a skilled actor, playing several different roles to fit in with each scene. Iago is never once suspected and is generally well trusted as presents a shoulder to cry on for Cassio and moral support for Othello. Iago is allowed to see their vulnerable sides which allow him to toy with their insecurities. Ultimately, it could be said that Othello would not be the same play if Iago was not one of the central characters and he did not present soliloquies to the audience. Iago causes a big dramatic impact in the play. ...read more.

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