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Explore how Iago uses characters and language to manipulate, in order to set his revengeful plan into motion. In Act 1 Scene 1?

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Othello Explore how Iago uses characters and language to manipulate, in order to set his revengeful plan into motion. In Act 1 Scene 1? "Killing myself, to die upon a kiss". These are Othello's last words, as he commits suicide and dies next to his wife. After ironically killing her himself at the end of Act 5. Othello was led to do this by the manipulative Iago. He was just another victim of his revengeful scheme. The play was written in 1608 a time when the Ottoman Empire was at war with the Venetians. Othello is a tragedy because of the deception and betrayal of Iago which causes many people to die. During the times of Shakespeare, racism was a well known. I believe Shakespeare wanted to explore this as one of his main themes in the play, he did this mostly through Iago's character, he racially abuses Othello "I hate the Moor". The play explores many different themes each trying to convey a specific message. The main themes of the play are betrayal, revenge, love, trust, honesty, racism and social hierarchy. These are only some of the themes explored in the play. ...read more.

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Othello is the only black man in a white society this gives the clue of the theme racism, being explored by Shakespeare. Othello is racially abused by other character, especially Iago. "I hate the Moor". this is a racist comment made by Iago, who seems to dislike Othello very dearly. Although we are never quite told as to why he hates so much. We are only given clues for his rage with Othello. For example Iago tells Rodrigo in the opening scene of the play that "I have chosen my officer and what was he? Foorsoth, a great arithmetician. One Michael Cassio a Florentine." this is the only reason we are given as to why Iago has chosen to seek revenge on all. Even at the end of the play when Iago is asked " what you know you know, from this time forth I will never speak word." he does not reveal why he hates Othello or why chose to do what he did. Othello's characteristics make him an easy target for Iago. Othello is gullible as most black "Moor" s were, and can easily deceived because of his dignifying kind characteristics. ...read more.

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This creates tension because it makes the audience more involved and gives them an advantage over the characters, this is a good use of dramatic irony. This makes Rodrigo another victim of Iago's revengeful scheme. All this early deception is vital for the play as all the action in play mainly takes place in the last and is the most dramatic act. In Scene One Act 5 Rodrigo and Cassio fight, "villain thou deist" this creates tension in the audience because they are left uncertain whether someone might be killed or not. Rodrigo is again under the influence of Iago's deception, and has made Rodrigo do his dirty work for him. However this scene would not be as effective if Iago had not provoked the pair of them. During their fight Iago slyly wounds Cassio in the leg and kills Rodrigo then pretends to help him, this also creates tension in the audience because they are left almost on the edge of there seats wondering what will he do next? Overall I think that the Shakespeare's play was very successful, in using Iago's character to express the main themes and morals of the play. His manipulative, two faced character has made him and his revengeful scheme work, Shakespeare might of wanted to show that there were a lot of people like Iago himself around during his time. ...read more.

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