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Othello by Shakespeare This is an essay on the play Othello. This essay will explain hoe Iago poisons Othello's mind throughout the play. I will describe Iago and Othello's character, also how Iago poisons his mind and how Othello's character changes throughout the play. In the play we study the character of Iago and how he acts towards and around the other characters in the play. In the first scene we see that Iago is with Roderigo telling Brabantio about his daughter Desdemona. Within this scene we find out that Iago is a manipulating, jealous and convincing person. Although he does not convince people in a nice way, he does it. He shows that he is jealous by the way he puts emphasis on his comments. When Iago is talking to Brabantio he insults Othello and uses a racist comment: '...an old black ram is tupping your white ewe...' This is saying that Othello is the black ram and he is having sex with Desdemona the "white ewe" in this phrase. He says this to make Brabantio really mad and hate Othello even more and it works. He also manipulates the other characters by using strong and powerful phases and comments. ...read more.


In the beginning of Act 3 Scene 3 Iago brings to Othello's attention that Cassio just left his wife. Othello then asks why Cassio left his wife and Iago replies with 'Cassio my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it, that he would sneak away so guilty-like, seeing you coming'. He is trying to ask Othello why he would leave Desdemona when he sees them coming unless they are hiding something. Iago uses Desdemona's handkerchief to tell lies about Cassio. When Othello asks for 'ocular proof' of this actually happening, Iago tells him that he saw Cassio using Desdemona's handkerchief and shows him the handkerchief. Iago innocently repeats what Othello says or asks to pretend to be "'ignorant". Oth. Indeed? Indeed. Discern'st thou aught in that? Is he not honest? Iago Honest, my lord? Oth. Honest? Ay, honest. He does this to make it seem like he does not know anything about Cassio or Desdemona. He also tells Othello: 'look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio; wear your eye thus, not jealous, not secure...' He is telling Othello to watch his wife closely and how she reacts with Cassio, but do not make it obvious that he knows that something is going on between them. ...read more.


This is showing that he has so much hatred that he would kill her. He also says; 'O, blood, blood, blood!' where he is trying to say that he would like to see blood from Desdemona after all this that is going on. As Iago is talking to Othello more, the relationship between them gets a lot stronger. Othello believes everything Iago says and also begins to think that he is trustworthy, even more trustworthy than Cassio. The plan by Iago is obviously working as in the scenes to follow the image seems to look like Iago is controlling Othello. In the end we see that Othello becomes a murderer. He kills Desdemona and after he realises what he had done was wrong, he kills himself. You see that at the end he becomes very upset and emotional, he starts to murmur to himself. He says 'Lie with her, lie on her? - We say lie on her, when they belie he, - lie with her zounds, that's fulsome!' Iago basically gets what he wants in the end. He got revenge on Othello and Cassio even though he used Desdemona to do it. This play basically show that revenge can happen in so many ways, just like Iago, you can twist the truth to make that person believe whatever you want them to. It was a very interesting play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alesha Young ...read more.

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