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Act 1 scene 3 - What Impression do you form of Iago in this passage and how does he regard Othello and Roderigo?

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What Impression do you form of Iago in this passage and how does he regard Othello and Roderigo? Referring to the passage in page 155, I have analysed several points in conjunction to background knowledge, in attempt to answer the task set above. Initially, I feel that it is very important to relate to the character of Iago. As a character, Iago has the potential to be a man of extreme power but he does not have the tool that we refer to as money. All that he has is ambition; and he remains malcontent until he attains his aspirations. He pretends to be doing tasks but refrains from them, showing us a strong sense of corruption. The most important role that he plays is that of an extreme racist, words like "black ram", "moor", "thick-lipped", "devil", "animal". These are cheap weapons. He has to use race as an excuse as he knows that Othello is greater than him in all aspects. The passage that I am studying in Act 1 Scene 3, refers to his characteristics. Iago's relationships are dysfunctional, he does not care about what he says; nor does he care about anyone else's feelings. Iago has many reasons for. Iago has many reasons for acting the way he does, his reasons may not be right or logical but he believes in them so strongly that he is willing to oppose people in the process of completing them. ...read more.

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Iago is also jealous of Othello's sexual power, as it was well known in those times that black men were "better" in bed than white men. With this in mind Iago feels that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia, "leapt into his seat", he wants revenge for this too, "not out of absolute lust", but so he can get back at Othello. He wants to revert Desdemona from loving Othello, planning disruptive events with Roderigo. He thinks up a way of turning his sexual urges into a revenge for Othello. Roderigo is hoping to be with Desdemona as has been attracted to her for quite some time. This is evident from the questions asked from Iago's persuasive language "Will thou be fast to my hopes, if I depend on the issue?". This shows us that Roderigo is willing to do anything to achieve his aspirations, issuing money to Iago for the events planned. Iago uses this to his advantage; his lust for money is shown in this passage on a number of occasions. Another reason for Iago's behaviour is that he wants financial gain by using Roderigo. Roderigo gives Iago money and jewellery to give to Desdemona so that she likes him, but Iago does not give any of it to Desdemona but keeps it for himself. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a literary device of Shakespeare. We know that Iago is an egotistical person, the words that he uses are always strong, sometimes phrases are expressed that sound strong but in actual fact are not "Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago...". In the scene that we are studying we are experiencing the connection between Iago and Roderigo. How they are planning to frame Cassio. This attitude has been displayed by Shakespeare much earlier. In the opening scenes in act 1, it is evident that Roderigo is the less cunning character and is never in control of the situation. The two inform Brabantio of Othello's relationship with his daughter. These events show signs of deceit and envy. Having analysed Act 1 Scene 3 and various previous passages, I feel that Iago is on the verge of becoming a psychopath. I have studied in detail the reasons for Iago disliking Othello and how Shakespeare's literary craft has made Iago the villain that he is. These passages show us that someone can become so obsessed with an issue that they become disturbed. He has his motives from the very start of the play and as it graduates, he develops them..."I have't, it is engendered! Hell and night. Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light...". ...read more.

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