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Everything goes according to plan until Emilia says in front of everyone that she stole the handkerchief to give to Iago. That is when Iago's control of events slip and the ensuing deaths reflect the tragic genre

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Othello The play, 'Othello', written in the 17th century by William Shakespeare is a tragic play and is involving romance, love, murder and deceit. 'Iago', one of the main characters, other than Othello, is very cunning and manipulative person. He is very sly in his ways and he will do anything to be more powerful, not caring about whom he hurts in the process. He tells Othello lies about Desdemona and includes Cassio, Roderigo and Emilia in his plotting. Everything goes according to plan until Emilia says in front of everyone that she stole the handkerchief to give to Iago. That is when Iago's control of events slip and the ensuing deaths reflect the tragic genre. A trait of the tragedy genre is that the tragedy is foreseeable. In Iago's soliloquies, he lets the audience into his evil schemes, 'to abuse Othello's ear that he is too familiar with his wife?, 'I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip? make the Moor thank me, love me and reward me for making him egregiously an ass,? And, ? Two things are to be done. My wife must more for Cassio to her mistress? I'll set her on. Myself the while to draw the Moor apart and bring him jump when he may Cassio find soliciting with his wife...' In addition, he says; 'this is the night that either makes me or fordoes me quite'. These occasional soliloquies informing the audience have a dramatic effect as they can see the way Iago's plotting evolves without suspicion around the other characters. ...read more.


So we can see in the above conversation that Iago is forcing Othello into the active role of questioner, although dramatic but irony ,as if he is already harbouring Othello's suspicions towards Desdemona. Shakespeare uses 'iambic pentameter' but the lines are intervallic and brief to build up tension and create a sense of agitation. Iago's tone would be very innocent and vague, but still talking in a way that makes Othello really sit up and listen. His body language would be comforting towards Othello, but still giving the impression to the audience that what he is doing is deceit by occasionally giving them sly looks and winks. Iago also hesitates and hints to Othello, such as saying, ' No, sure I cannot think it that he would steal away so guilty-like, seeing you coming'. After the broken lines that build up tension, Othello suddenly has an outburst; 'Thou dost mean something. I heard thee say even now thou lik'st not that, When Cassio left my life. What didst not like? And when I told thee he was of my counsel In my whole course of wooing, thou cried'st, Indeed? And didst contract and purse thy brow together, As if thou then had'st shut up in thy brain Some horrible conceit?' Othello would leap up and say this loudly and angrily, while Iago would remain calm and innocent. By this time, Othello has already been thrown off balance, and by repeating Iago's words, it is like he is turning into a form of Iago. ...read more.


Iago's role in the play is to manipulate everyone in, especially those better than him. He is a bully and extremely two-faced person. After losing all of his control at the end of the play, he says, From this time forth, I never will speak word? In the play, Iago has relied on language to manipulate, but now it has deserted him. Iago has become less boisterous and astute as his plotting is revealed by he wife, whom he treats so badly. Othello, by this time has smothered his wife and this discovery is as a thunder stroke to Othello, who now plainly sees that he was no better than a murderer, and that his wife had been ever faithful to him; the extreme anguish of which discovery making life insupportable, causes him to throw himself upon his sword and die on top of his wife, Desdemona. Iago has managed to initiate the deaths of Desdemona, who he claimed to love, Roderigo, who was his friend, even though he did use him, and Othello, his lieutenant, for no apparent reason at all for he gives us so many reasons none can really be believed. He would appear to be a man with so many psychological problems in terms of a lack of belief in himself that any person who, perhaps, might cause him to take a true look at himself has to die. He is truly an unhappy person who can find no sterling qualities in his own character and so resents anyone who seems to have the type of characteristics that he wishes he possessed. ...read more.

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