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A Critical appreciation of Othello Act 1 Scene 1 line 41 - line 82, commenting upon Shakespeare's portrayal of his characters

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A Critical appreciation of Othello Act 1 Scene 1 line 41 - line 82, commenting upon Shakespeare's portrayal of his characters

The passage, act 1 scene 1, lines 41 to 82, open with a long speech from Iago. Already, from the onset we see that he feels it is wrong to follow his master ' the Moor', demonstrated by the answer he gives to Roderigo's statement of:

"I would not follow him then" - line 40,

with,

"O sir, content you." - line 41

It is as if it were a discontenting thought to think that Iago actually really wanted to follow his master of his own accord. Iago expands on his opening statement, informing us that he is only following Othello for his own benefit, and informs us on his view of there being two types of knaves. The first, follows his master to help his master, works hard and is humble and actually enjoys his devoted service to his master;

'Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave,

That doting on his own obsequious bondage' line 45-46

But for all their hard work Iago

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