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Act 2, Scene 3, Lines 12-69 How does this dialog between Cassio & Iago Develop your response to their relationship?

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Act 2, Scene 3, Lines 12-69 How does this dialog between Cassio & Iago Develop your response to their relationship? This particular dialog between Cassio and Iago helps us to see further the personality of Iago and the nature of his intentions. We also get an insight to Cassio's personality; it therefore helps us to get an overall view of their relationship. There are both similarities and differences in the two men's language and the way they speak. This shows a lot about the men, things true of Venetian culture and society of the time and of the men themselves. The language used by Iago, is, as is usual from Iago, crude and vulgar. It is mostly linked to sexual references. He shows his usual lack of respect for women, by viewing them as objects, and property. He uses sexual references when speaking about Desdemona, by saying; "He hath not yet made wanton the night with her; and she is sport for Jove" Cassio's immediate response to this is one reflective of how he views Desdemona, by calling her "a most exquisite lady". ...read more.


Once again, Iago has everything going his way, and that is summed up in the rhyming couplet at the end of his soliloquy, "If consequence do but approve my dream, my boat sails freely both with wind and stream." Cassio's language never becomes crude or vulgar in any way, nor does he have a bad word to say about anyone, either to himself or to Iago. His language contrasts Iago's in nearly every comment that is made in conversation between them. He highlights all of Iago's bad points by merely speaking and commenting, as he is by far more of a gentleman. Cassio appears to be sure of himself when he tells Iago that he does not want to drink, but slowly comes round to the idea. We can therefore see he has weaknesses, one to peer pressure and one to alcohol. This shows maybe he does, in fact, want to drink, but knows he shouldn't. It is clear from the passage that the men are not of the same social standing. ...read more.


a lot more to lose than Iago, which is why he was more skeptical about drinking in case he did something to dishonour him. His higher social standing teaches him a greater respect for others and also for women which is clearly shown at the beginning of the dialog. Cassio knows less about beer drinking than Iago, showing that he does not often reside in public houses swigging beer and being loud, merry and singing songs to which everyone knows the words. With regards to their relationship and friendship, I do not think they were really friends at all. To Cassio they were, but Iago is a user, using Cassio as a means to get to Othello. Once Iago has Cassio's job, he will not care for him at all. Cassio was quite na�ve in the first place to think that Iago would be his friend, as it was his job he took. To Iago, it was all a game and he did not care who he hurt along the way. Cassio was just another step for him towards Othello's downfall. Samantha Margetts 12JST English Literature 1 Ms. Sergeant ...read more.

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