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Children's Learning in Science - the nature of 'children's science'

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How is Imagery and language used in Othello to reveal things about the characters? Shakespeare uses Imagery and language in the characters dialogue and this helps the audience to gain insight into those that are described and also reveals things about the character's themselves. In Act 2 the characters descriptions of Desdemona reveal how they perceive her as a person, and at a deeper level it reveals how they think about her. Cassio speaks very fondly of Desdemona, almost exaggerating her beauty by describing her as 'A maid that paragons description and wild fame, one that excels the quirks of blazoning pens' and as 'The divine Desdemona'. This poetic language expresses Cassio's feelings of Desdemona and her beauty and because we know Iago's plot to tell Othello they have been having an affair, speaking of her in this way helps Iago in convincing others. It also reveals about Cassio that he is romantic and appreciative of writers and artists when he says 'Does tire the ingener' meaning it exhausts the mind of an artist to try and capture her beauty in words and descriptions. ...read more.


I think it reveals that Iago himself is only sure of one thing throughout this speech and that is that he hates Othello, and most of his speech is directed at this and portrays his need for revenge. His continued praise of Desdemona's loveliness shows he doesn't quite believe she would feel this way about Othello and is really seeking Roderigo's support in his revenge. Iago in this Act manipulates the characters to become like a playwright and exaggerates their roles in this plan. In speaking to Roderigo it seems he is not to successful in his full support when all he replies is 'I cannot believe that of her, she's full of most blessed condition' but he succeeds in convincing himself and evolving his plan to a more serious level and outlines his thirst for revenge. He talks of Othello 'bragging and telling fantastical lies' when this really shows the deeply hypocritical side of Iago, in that most of is criticisms of others are reflected from his true nature, the lying and evil side to him that is set to destroy his master and everyone around him. ...read more.


He thinks that Cassio pretends to be 'humane and civil' to others when really he is hiding very secret and immoral desires for Desdemona. He describes Cassio as a smooth talking rogue, devious, slimy and an opportunist. Whether or not Cassio holds these secret desires, again it reflects more how Iago is, he admits later his feelings for Desdemona, and how he wishes to 'make the moor thank me, love and reward me, for making him egregiously an ass.' It shows that Iago is really the one with the devilish and devious ways and who hides his plans by pretending to be something he isn't, a loyal and faithful servant to Othello. It reflects his ability to twist words. His success in appearing this way to Othello is shown at the beginning of Scene 3 when Cassio says about Iago 'Iago hath direction what to do' and Othello replies 'Iago is most honest' This shows they are oblivious to his plotting against them and think of him as honest and reliable, when really he is anything but that. The language and imagery of honesty is used to contrast with Iago's real personality and to the reveal to the audience that Iago is a successful manipulator. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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