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Compare and contrast the following soliloquies by Iago in

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David Pattison 10 DSB JLC3 17th June 2002 Droitwich Spa High School Crossover Coursework Shakespeare: "Othello" Compare and contrast the following soliloquies by Iago in "Othello" commenting on the way in which Shakespeare uses this convention to expose Iago's ability in acting to his audience. Act 1 scene 3 lines 381-402 Act 2 scene 1 lines 281-307 Act 2 scene 3 lines 327-353 "Othello" is a tragedy which was written in 1622 by William Shakespeare, the title "Othello" is eponymous which means that a character gives its name to the title. Othello is not the main character, where as in "Macbeth" Macbeth was the main character. Right from the beginning Shakespeare is trying to hide the importance of Iago. Iago may be in the first scene but it starts off half way through a conversation making the reader think Iago is just a minor under Othello and therefore not as significant. Conventionally soliloquies are used to portray what the character is thinking in his mind but Iago uses soliloquies in a different manner, he plays with the audience, manipulating their expectations, so they never uncover the true character of Iago. All three soliloquies have one thing in common; Iago speaks in poetry of ten syllables a line, "That Cassio loves her, I do well believe it;" Iago impresses the audience during his soliloquies by using poetry, which ...read more.


So for him to be seen as a villain Iago would think of it as failure. He would rather be known as a sportsman; "But for my sport and profit: I hate the Moor," Iago identifies that hate for him is sport; if he really detested the Moor hate would be an obsession not a sport. The way the sentence is structured makes the statement less forceful; to make "I hate the Moor" stand out it should have been a sentence on its own, not after a colon and ending in a comma. With Iago not believing in what he says, it creates an uneasy atmosphere, for the audience as they guess what he really believes. Iago wants to have this tension so the audience don't know what he as a character is about, so it gives him control over them. With Iago not enforcing his statements, it shows that he doesn't believe in what he is saying and is stating these facts to impress the audience. "And I dare think, he'll prove to Desdemona A most dear husband: now I do love her too'" The word "dare" shows that Iago is mocking Othello but in a soliloquy there is no need to mock because a soliloquy is a reflection on what you are thinking. ...read more.


that if events don't go to plan, he is content to boast and brag what he will do; "That shall enmesh 'em all. Iago is stating that he will catch everyone but this isn't as controlled and precise as the rest of the soliloquies because it is in prose rather than poetry and the language shows he is rushed "enmesh 'em all" is too fast and casual, it doesn't let the audience digest what is been said. If Iago had said enmesh them all, then the point would have stood out and had the desired shocking effect because the use of "them" rather than the abbreviated form " 'em" puts more emphasis on the verb, which tells the audience what is happening but instead the final line just passes the audience by. With Iago been rushed so much that he can't have a dramatic ending by the incoming of Rodrigo. Iago is losing his timing and everything is getting out of control. In the end trying to destroy Othello and boast and brag to the audience for his own glorification was too much. Iago couldn't concentrate on what needed to be done to destroy Othello because he was too interested on what people thought of him; because that is what mattered to Iago. Iago didn't set out to destroy Othello for greed, wealth or position but for respect. ...read more.

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