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For all that Iago is acting out of hatred, there is much for the audience to enjoying the cleverness of his manipulations of Othello' - How do you respond to this idea?

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H/w 10/11/02 For all that Iago is acting out of hatred, there is much for the audience to enjoying the cleverness of his manipulations of Othello.' How do you respond to this idea? One of the main themes running through Othello is jealousy. Othello's jealousy for Desdemona and Bianca's for Cassio. The catalyst for this jealously though is Iago's manipulation of the characters and their own failure to communicate and trust one another over Iago. These massive doses of jealousy lead to death and the downfall of the hero of the play. On the surface it seems like Iago is the cause of this, so why does the audience often feel empathy towards Iago, and even enjoy his clever manipulations? ...read more.

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He brings into question the audience's core morality. The audience, for our part, seems to lap up his words and enjoy with some sort of sadistic pleasure his extremely talented actions. Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex villains. 'We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly followed... Heaven is my judge' Maybe the question we should be asking is not why the audience may enjoy Iago, but why Iago makes the effort to make us enjoy his actions. He craves to control other people's lives and then see their downfall. He sees himself as the director of a play and every play must have an audience. Parallels could be found in the psychoanalysis of rapists in the present day; they crave power and when they achieve it it makes them feel good about themselves. ...read more.

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Maybe the audience sub-consciously is pleased that these feelings, which are marginalized and demonised by society, are present and can be expressed to their full extent. Maybe Iago is fulfilling something that we would love to do but are oppressed from doing by convention? So, I believe we can safely conclude we do not hate him in the pure sense- we would not like to see him removed from the play. As for the question of whether the audience enjoy watching Iago, I would argue that it is a personal opinion and maybe something do with a particular person's personality. Iago can be taken into our hearts and we can revel in his evilness. For me, he is the inevitable personification of evil and jealously that we must sit back and observe as he wreaks havoc. Ben Sellers. ...read more.

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