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Act I Scene 3 Lines 331-398 How does Iago's dialogue with Roderigo and The soliloquy develop your response to His character?

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Act I Scene 3 Lines 331-398 How does Iago's dialogue with Roderigo and The soliloquy develop your response to His character? In these lines, Iago and Roderigo are left alone and Roderigo is depressed at the loss of Desdemona. Iago still needs him for his own means and tries to bring him out of his depression. It is so deep that he says, "I will incontinently drown myself." Roderigo is in fact further away from Desdemona, but Iago gives him hope. Having not known love himself, Iago is surprised and reviled at Roderigo's state and through his intelligence and powers of persuasion he brings Roderigo back to some sort of normality. He still needs Roderigo's financial assistance. He tells Roderigo that Desdemona will soon tire of "the Moor" and will seek a younger lover. Roderigo is persuaded to travel to Cyprus due to the suggestion from Iago that events may turn in both their flavour. Fate seems to be on Iago's side, as he has not had to work hard to make events suit his purpose, and he has received help from unexpected quarters. Roderigo exits, leaving Iago to make a soliloquy, which shows this evil man thinking aloud. ...read more.


He also repeats the phrase "Put money in thy purse". This is also a metaphor for Roderigo to "beef himself up" and "become a man", as it were. Iago's language always has two meanings, sometimes with the imagery he uses, but mostly because we, the audience, know he means one thing, and he is talking to another character as though his words have a completely different meaning. Iago's language and imagery are very crude. In his statement "if thou canst cuckold him" , he highlights the one biggest fear of men in Elizabethan times, being cuckolded. He puts it into Roderigo's head that Desdemona does not love Othello, and that it is only a physical relationship, certainly not love. "It was a violent commence". Iago uses racists imagery a lot. In this conversation he refers to Othello as "the Moor". He says "These moors are changeable in their wills." Iago's first direct statement is, "I hate the Moor". This in itself is a racist comment. The language Iago uses in conversation with Roderigo is encouraging him to be assertive and to stand up for himself. He is also telling him to be patient. Iago's nature is coming through in his language. ...read more.


The overall tone of the passage gives, to me, an over all theory of human nature, that every man is out for himself. This turns out to be true towards the end of the play when each man gets so wrapped up in his own dilemna that he brings about his own downfall. The language to Roderigo is persuasive, reinforcing this aspect of his character, where as his words are monosyllabic and definite in his soliloquy. The language is short and to the point. The tone is one of hatred, and the reader can tell he is bitter and twisted about Cassio having his job. The reader can detect hatred in both the language and the tone. The harsh words used to describe his wife indicate his hard character and highlight his complete lack of respect towards women. He has no love or respect for his wife. (L.382). He is persuasive, and manipulative. He manages to change Roderigo's mind. The soliloquy ends by him saying "Hell and night must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light." This shows that he is totally evil. He regards this manipulation of people and their lives as a game. Iago is a character whom we are not supposed to like, and this passage depends our dislike for him. Samantha Margetts 12JST English 1 Ms. Sergeant ...read more.

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