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Describe how you think the actors should play this scene to bring out the evil of Iago and the weakness of Othello that will lead to his tragic downfall.

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´╗┐Describe how you think the actors should play this scene to bring out the evil of Iago and the weakness of Othello that will lead to his tragic downfall Othello was written in the early 1600?s and set in Venice It?s another Shakespearian love story that ends in tragedy as due to the shrewd manipulation of a cunning man, Iago. Othello a Moor, is a highly respected military leader who is tricked into killing his wife by Iago and then when he realises what he has done, he kills himself. Iago hates Othello because Othello is married to a white woman called Desdemona. Iago is against this idea showing he is racist towards black people, this representing the attitudes of the time when the play was set. In addition, he is jealous of Cassio as he feels that he should be Othello?s lieutenant. This jealousy leads to him plotting lies to break up Othello and his wife Desdemona. Iago does not even care about his wife, Emila, as shown by the way he uses Emila to get his hand on Desdemona?s handkerchief which Othello gave to her. He uses this handkerchief to set up Cassio by telling Othello that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona. Iago is very clever in the way he takes his time to slowly plot against Othello and Desdemona and make his plan work.. ...read more.

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Seconds later after Desdemona and Emilia leave Iago picks up on Desdemona?s pleas and uses this to bring up Cassio?s exit again. Here Othello questions Cassio?s honesty. Othello: Is he not honest? Iago: Honest, my lord? Othello: Honest? Ay, honest. Iago: My lord, for aught I know. Othello: What dost thou think? Iago: Think, my lord? Othello: Think, my lord! By heaven, he echoes me Iago here is again cunning as he uses questions to answer Othello?s questions. ?Honest, my lord?? and ?Think, my lord?? show Iago again being evasive as he tries to avoid Othello and pretend to wonder why Othello is even questioning Cassio. Towards the end of this speech, Othello gets fed up with Iago and shouts ?he echoes me?. This part of the scene should be played with Iago and Othello speaking quietly in the middle of the stage in conversation. And when Othello says ?By heaven, he echoes me? his voice and tone should get louder and more aggressive. Later in the scene Iago makes his first reference to the possibility that something may be going on between Desdemona and Cassio and links it into Desdemona already being unfaithful to her father for when she left him with Othello. Iago: Receive it from me. I speak not yet of proof. Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio The first part of this phrase ?I speak not yet of proof? shows Iago implying he thinks something may be going ...read more.

Conclusion

heard him say, ‘Sweet Desdemona, Let us be wary, let us hide our loves.’ ...Cry, ‘O sweet creature!’ and then kiss me hard, ...That grew upon my lips; then laid his leg ...Cried, ‘Cursèd fate and gave thee to the Moor’ Othello: O monstrous, monstrous! This shows Iago fake story, which gets Othello angry and is the final straw. Othello will now want revenge and this is what leads to his downfall. Iago has got his plan to work. This part would be acted out with Othello throwing something on the floor in disgust and him speaking very angrily about revenge. In conclusion, Iago bit by bit deceives Othello. He cleverly wins his trust when he first tells Othello to observe his wife very carefully with Cassio and then once he realises he has Othello’s trust he uses this to make up lies of hearing Cassio talking about Desdemona. He is very cunning. For the most dramatic effect, many parts of the play should be played with Iago and Othello speaking quietly in the middle of the stage and when Othello hears something to do with Desdemona cheating he should raise he voice and speak more aggressively. The audience knows Iago is up to no good in this scene as they can see Othello is gullible and can see Iago exploiting this. In addition, they know there was no ‘fantasy’ and because of this, the audience begin to hate Iago more and sympathise with Othello. ...read more.

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