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Re-read Iago(TM)s soliloquies at the end of Acts I and II. How might the actions here reverberate throughout the play? How might the actions be spoken, staged and filmed to create different emphasis and interpretations?

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In my opinion Iago is a crude character with evil imbedded into his soul - a typical villain in a Shakespearian play. The line "put money in they purse" shows Iago as his manipulative self. I believe his mind is fixed on causing hurt and destruction, fuelled by his jealousy over Othello and his wife. This view is outlined well by the critic Helen Gardener. 'Malice is motiveless'. This view is shown well in operatic version of Othello, in which Iago states that 'vile is [his] my tissue', which just shows that Iago does this to Othello because he is evil, not through jealousy. In comparison to this the view of Neville Coghill is that Iago has been turned to this evil plot because of the actions of Othello. However I really don't think this is a feasible argument simply because, Iago continues with his evil plans after Cassio has been sacked and Othello tells Iago he can be 'his most trusted lieutenant' so it is absurd to believe that Iago is simply plotting a revenge attack on Othello. This is therefore why Iago's evil actions are so shocking because he has no real motive. ...read more.


There would be nothing else on stage to create an effect of isolationism, to show that no-one else is near this level of sinister thoughts. Iago's speech suggests two different things in my opinion; when he is talking to other people he is very manipulative and persuasive in getting what he wants. To do this he uses emotive language and rhetorical questions such as, "Drown Thyself?" This is a technique used to persuade and encourage a person to think and agree with you, which shows quite a sly manner. However when he is on his own he shows a deeply concentrating side, a person who is thinking about their deepest darkest thoughts. With words such as "hell" and "monstrous" and "hate" suggests very strong feelings of anger and in my opinion shows evil. These show how he is questioning himself and his motives, but he I believe is questioning himself to assure himself he is powerful enough to do such things. I would incorporate this into my interpretation; I would have Iago shaking though as he sits, suggesting that he has gone slightly mad with jealousy. ...read more.


His low voice and shadows shows how evil this character is. There are signs of religion in this version, which were not present in the play because in Elizabethan times because religion was not allowed in theatre but now is. He is shown as a true creature of evil with traits of insanity. I think the weakness in this version is that Iago is too involved with religion and his belief in women, that being that women are a mans' property and they can do what they wish with them, is not portrayed enough. Women in Othello are portrayed as 'fragmented notions' of what they really are. 'Iago's false portrayal of Desdemona comes closest to crumbling when confronted by her plain truth' - Evelyn Gajowski In conclusion it is clear to say that Iago as a character influences other characters in the play and that his actions are repeated throughout the play. From what is written by Shakespeare many different interpretations can be taken which all lead to different meanings for the audience. Many different interpretations have evolved due to different contexts being intertwined through time. Iago in my opinion is an evil, plotting but influential man. ...read more.

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