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"For all that Iago is acting out of hatred, there is much for an audience to enjoy his manipulation of Othello" - To what extent do you agree and why.

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Hester 13s "For all that Iago is acting out of hatred, there is much for an audience to enjoy his manipulation of Othello." To what extent do you agree and why. Shakespeare's Iago is one of his most complex and notorious villains. He is not like the typical Shakespearean villain such as Edmund in King Lear. The audience feels more able to relate to and understand Iago, making him at times seem like the most important character in the play. The statement "for all that Iago is acting out of hatred, there is much for an audience to enjoy in his manipulation of Othello" is interesting to look at as it makes us question why the audience find Iago so interesting and compelling. It is in act three where Iago's manipulation of Othello is most visible as it is the turning point of the play, when Iago manages to beguile Othello into thinking that Desdemona is unfaithful. With Iago's manipulation, there certainly is much for the audience to enjoy. He is a very cunning and crafty man, and he is obviously very clever. The main way that Iago manages to manipulate people so well, especially Othello is by gaining their trust. ...read more.

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Iago is very scheming here as it is probably true that Desdemona turned down many white Venetians in favour of Othello, it is, as we assume because she loved Othello. However Iago suggests that it is a bad thing and makes Othello think about her reasons for marriage in a very different light. Iago also suggests that not being a Venetian is a barrier as he will never understand Venetian women. Iago makes it seem as though he does 'their best conscience is not to leave undone, but keep unknown', also at the same time suggesting that Othello shouldn't trust Venetian women - Desdemona. The audience can see full well exactly what Iago is doing, and although he is a villain, we hold a certain amount of respect for him. He is intelligent and he uses people's insecurities and passions to motivate them into carrying out his devious plan. He moves the characters in the play around like chess pieces. He is in essence the driving force of the whole play. Without him there would be no story line as it is him who influence the characters to carry out the devious tasks that they do. ...read more.

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The fact that none of the other characters ever realise what Iago is doing to them, and they are never really ware of his manipulation, causes us to be frustrated with them. When Iago is manipulating Othello into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful, the audience are frustrated that Othello cannot see what Iago is doing. As a result of being able to see everything that goes on, Iago makes the other characters seem weak and unaware, we feel little sympathy for them as we feel they should realise what he is doing to them I agree with the statement "For all that Iago is acting out of hatred, there is much for an audience to enjoy his manipulation of Othello." If Iago did not manipulate Othello, there would be no story. Iago is the driving force, Othello might seem like the main character in the sense that the story essentially revolves around him, but it also revolves highly around Iago's actions and manipulative skills. Iago is amore developed and interesting character than Othello. He is the character that one focuseses on throughout the play as he is the one who drives it forward. Iago's manipulation of Othello is what causes the play to be interesting and therefore it is what makes the play enjoyable to watch. ...read more.

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