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    Iago and Cassio

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    Iago, on the contrary, is the absolute opposite of Michael Cassio. He is a misogynist who uses a lot of crude and vulgar language. Every word which Iago speaks about women devours their value. In Act 2 Scene 1, he states, "Come on, come on; you are pictures out of doors, bells in parlours, wild-cats in your kitchens, saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds". This quotation shows how misogynistic Iago is as he is making all women sound like they are completely worthless.

    • Word count: 904
  2. Peer reviewed

    How do we know that Othello and Desdemonas relationship Is ruined at the beginning of the play?

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    Shakespeare presents Iago as a villainous person and has him as the main role in destroying Othello and Desdemona's relationship. The reason for Iagos hatred for Othello is because (in his soliloquy), Iago tells us of his suspicion that Othello has slept with his wife, Emilia: "And it is thought abroad that `twixt my sheets He has done my office."

    • Word count: 591
  3. Peer reviewed

    All About Iago

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    Iago is not only considered honest by other characters. He is also perceived as vulgar at times. Brabrantio asks "What profane wretch art thou?" (1.1.113), when Iago makes a sexual comment regarding Desdemona and Othello. Iago says vulgar things and knows exactly how he is perceived. He is manipulative with his words, tricking others into believing what he wants them to believe about him and the other characters. Iago even knows that others see him as an honest man, he knows exactly what he can do with their trust: "O, you are well tuned now!

    • Word count: 803
  4. Peer reviewed

    How does Act 1, Scene 1 of Othello prepare you for the rest of the play

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    One of the lines in the beginning of this scene is "Thou toldst me thou did hold him in hate" We do not know that it is Othello they are discussing at this point. Iago begins to tell Roderigo of his hatred for the Moor (Othello). He has been passed over for promotion and feels betrayed and let down. Othello has given the job of Lieutenant to a Florentine (Michael Cassio) and has given Iago the lesser position of Ancient.

    • Word count: 788
  5. Peer reviewed

    Iago acts like a villain in this play. He uses racism as a way to hurt Othello. He also plots against Othello throughout the play.

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    Shakespeare would try also to make the villain sound innocent whereas, not true to their self. Shakespeare starts off the play with Iago and Roderigo arguing, on line 7, when Roderigo says 'Thou told'st me thou dud'st told him in thy hate." Iago must have lied to Roderigo and told him that he did not hate Othello. But he does hate him or Roderigo would never have said this. Iago uses 'Love, honest and soul' a lot in this scene.

    • Word count: 569
  6. Peer reviewed

    Examine the techniques Iago employs to achieve his aims in the play Othello.

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    Even after he manages to get Cassio dismissed and replaces him as lieutenant, he still continues to carry out his plan of destruction. This reveals that the reason of Iagos plans are merely just for fun. Iago deceives everyone even Roderigo who supports him, not knowing everything about Iago's plans, he even questions why he "ever made a fool my purse" which shows he is only using Roderigo for his own benefit. No-one in the play seems to know what Iago is really like.

    • Word count: 783
  7. Peer reviewed

    How Do Iago's soliloquies set the play up for act 3 scene 3?

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    Initially the play is set in Venice, where all is well. A land of peace without confusion and conflict, it is here where Othello is regarded as a highly respected general, and a war hero. His status is shown by the articulate nature of his speech, which is apparent in his meeting with the Duke in Act one, scene three "Most potent grave and reverend signors," "my very noble and approved good masters," The rhythmic pace and fluency of the lines is superb.

    • Word count: 819
  8. Peer reviewed

    Examine the Method that Shakespeare Employs to Make the Final Scene of "Othello" Dramatically Effective

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    Throughout the play audiences sympathy for Othello has been preserved, as he has been the innocent party. This innocence is now at stake as he contemplates with increasing intent, the possibility of killing her. It seems that for once in the play, time slows down to a crawl as Othello's mind races back and forth over this moral dilemma. What only increases this tension is greatened by Othello's persistent wavering indecisiveness that can be illustrated by the first line of his soliloquy, "It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul".

    • Word count: 853
  9. Peer reviewed

    Women in 'Othello' In Shakespeare's tragic play 'Othello' various issues are explored, such as the role of women.

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    state matters, which is shown when she states that "If haply you my father do suspect/An instrument of this your calling back/Lay not your blame on me". This quotation shows that her poignant evidence is used to rationalise Othello's actions, and shows Desdemona is ignorant of the truth. She is very loyal to Othello as she takes both physical and mental abuse, forgiving Othello for what he has done due to stress of his work as a general.

    • Word count: 575
  10. Peer reviewed

    Iago's Homosexuality is the key to understanding Shakespeare's characterisation

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    Shakespeare set's up their rocky relationship from the first exchange we see between them. This means there could be more tension to come from the loveless couple. Iago tells Othello, " I am yours favour" this almost sounds like vow for a marriage and sets up the indication that Iago might be gay. Iago describes to Othello, how he "laid" with Cassio, and in Casio's dream, he mumbled his love for Desdemona and how Cassio started feeling up Iago; perhaps this is an indication of Iago's 'lust' for Cassio in that he is describing to Othello, what he wants Cassio to do to him.

    • Word count: 542
  11. Peer reviewed

    He is a man "more sinned against than sinning".Discuss with relation to the character of Othello.

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    Furthermore, Brabantio throws harsh abusive accusations and hypocritical insults at Othello. Othello had often been invited to Brabantio's house to speak of his experiences on the battle field; however, when it comes out that Othello has married has married his daughter Desdemona he accuses Othello of having "practised on her foul charms" and that he 2hast enchanted her" in order to seduce her into his "cunning hell". This may show Othello as a victim to Brabantio, but Brabantio was once charmed by Othello.

    • Word count: 880
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    Othello essay: soliloquies

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    This one reason why many people argue, that soliloquies are outmoded. Many people also argue that the theatre in Elizabethan England was for people of different age groups and backgrounds and that in the modern society, theatres are only for the intelligent and less broad people who will respond to the dramas and enjoy coming to the theatre. Some people believe that soliloquies force audience into being complicit with a character. For example, Iago. The audience will be uncomfortable with his intentions and his plotting of evil. However, I disagree and believe that soliloquies help to gain intimacy with the charchters and thus make the play more successful.

    • Word count: 812
  13. Explore how Shakespeare examines the themes of jealousy and deception in Othello

    For example, when Othello says; "Good signor, you shall more command with years that with your weapons". This quote shows Othello instructing Iago and Brabantio to command with their years of experience and not their swords. This makes the audience consider that Othello is a wise man with much experience and knowledge. It comes to the audience as a shock when Othello is a victim of jealousy and deception. Throughout the play, Shakespeare presents Othello as a trusting man. Shakespeare uses this attribute of Othello's character so that he trusts the wrong people and ends up being very credulous.

    • Word count: 956
  14. The theme of appearance versus reality in "Othello".

    But, when in reality, Cassio and Desdemona are talking about how to get Cassio's job back. Desdemona says to Cassio, I know't. I thank you. You do love my lord; You have known him long; and be you well assured He shall in strangeness stand no farther off Than in politic distance. (lll,iii,11) Othello believes only what his eyes tell him. Now, Othello questions how Cassio and Desdemona are talking, but does not have a good enough motive to get angry at Desdemona nor does he ask her about Cassio.

    • Word count: 886
  15. How is Othello and Desdemonas relationship doomed from the beginning of the play?

    By Spells and medicines bought of mountebanks", which may refer to people thinking that Africans were witch doctors. The fact that Brabantio has gone to these extreme states of mind shows how much Brabantio is against this, even though he respects Othello for his services to the army he does not respect him enough for him to marry his daughter. Brabantio also does not want Rodrigo to marry his daughter even though he is white so this makes the audience wonder if there is more than race involved when Brabantio objects.

    • Word count: 704
  16. Is Racism the most important factor in the tragedy of Othello(TM)?

    When he is with the other Venetians he is polite and sociable. He impresses people by his interesting history, in act 1.3 when Othello is trying to explain his love he uses his story and explains it in a more interesting way than it may really be. Othello will never really be accepted properly as he is black.

    • Word count: 516
  17. Othello-Differences and similarities of the movie and play

    This is a parallel between the book and the film, where the army is replaced with a basketball team. The similarities between the movie and the book at this point are, in the book the post of Othello's lieutenant is given to Michael Cassio and not Iago, just like in the film were Hugo is not given the place as Odin's "go to guy". In both the film and book Iago and Hugo are both very angry and upset at this decision by Odin or Othello. Odin is in a powerful position as one of the most respected basketball players in the team, and everyone in the school respects him.

    • Word count: 522
  18. Speaking and Listening: Othello

    But now I wish that Moor should rot in hell. Anyways let's stick to the story. I had recently married that HOE Emilia. At first we were in love and I respected her. But after getting to live with her I hated her. She was just another woman to me and she never was any more. Then she got hired as Desdemona's maid, but really she was no more than a glorified BUTLER! So after Michael Cassio was chosen to be the next Lieutenant of the Venetian army, I was outraged.

    • Word count: 691
  19. Shakespeare - Othello

    Shakespeare, at first, shows us the importance and qualities that the Othello posses. He is shown to be calm and polite. For example, when Iago pretends that Roderigo's insults against the Moor almost provoked him to attack the young man, Othello is pleased that the matter did not come to blows-"Tis better as it is." Without being vainglorious, he realizes his own worth-"My services which I have done the signiory shall our tongue his complaints" (Brabantio's).

    • Word count: 565
  20. Racism Questions

    He says "An old black ram/Is tupping you white ewe" (I.i.88-89). This vulgar statement creates a contrast between race as well as Iago's opinion of Othello. This "black old ram" is corrupting this innocent virgin, Desdemona. He may have said this to Brabrantio to influence his opinion of the marriage and express his own distaste of the event. At the end of Act I, Iago expresses his hatred for Othello in a speech. In this speech he informs the audience of his plans: Cheating Roderigo out of his money, making Othello believe that Desdemona is cheating on his with Cassio, and using Othello to bring him to his ultimate demise.

    • Word count: 747
  21. Self-made Othello Script

    Detective walk few times around Othello, finally: - So maybe you'll tell me what happened to Desdemona. - She just loved me. - "She just loved me" - you are talking like a little child but alright - why she did it? Because it's very important. - I said her the story of my life, then she enjoyed it and loved me for it. - What was this story about? - About battle and war and why I took alive myself from it. - And this stupid thing made her love you? - It wasn't stupid, it was real as present moment and she loved me for thing I've done during the war.

    • Word count: 604
  22. Jeremy Kyle Othello Script

    He even accompanied you when you first started seeing Desdemona? Othello: He did form first to last. Why dost thou ask? J.K: Oh, just the fact that if he was with you when you were "wooing" her, that means he now knows her pretty well then? Othello: O yes, and went between us very oft. J.K: Oh really...? Othello: Dicern'st thou aught in that? Is he not honest? J.K: Well... no of course he's honest. If you trust him, he MUST be honest. Othello: By heaven he echoes me, as if there were some monster in his thought too hideous to be shown. J.K: Oh no, no, no.

    • Word count: 502
  23. Othello and Iago are Murderers

    He perceived Othello as strong, hansom and intelligent to show people that black people were not an inferior race. If this was Shakespeare's aim then he succeeded as today the white and black race work in harmony in their everyday lives. At the very beginning of Act 5 scene 2 in Othello Shakespeare invokes pity and sympathy for Othello in his audience by showing that Othello really cares and loves for Desdemona and killing her is actually hurting him and against his own will.

    • Word count: 782
  24. When Othello gets the letter from Lodovico and he reads it, I think Lodovico assumes that Othello is distracted because of the contents of the letter because he has to return back to Venice, when actually it is about Cassio and Desdemona

    When Othello gets the letter from Lodovico and he reads it, I think Lodovico assumes that Othello is distracted because of the contents of the letter because he has to return back to Venice, when actually it is about Cassio and Desdemona who are about to betray Othello. When we see Othello getting angry and he yells at Desdemona, by saying "Fire and brimstone!" We the audience show no respect for Othello because how he treats her and we feel sympathetic for Desdemona for being innocent and truthful.

    • Word count: 972
  25. Othellos tragic flaw is his jealousy. His feelings of inadequacy are felt sharply though his colour and the fact that he does not actually belong in Venice.

    He clearly loves Desdemona very much at the beginning of the play and he speaks of her with much affection. He even takes her to Cyprus with him, rather than leaving her at home. She loves him, and is plain about her commitment to him: "But here's my husband, And so much duty as my

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