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How are the settings, plot, characters, and themes enriched by the language and literary techniques in Othello.

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Introduction

Iago baits Othello with images of Cassio and Desdemona's intimacy. Othello claims to have no jealousy and that he loves Cassio and believes him to be an honest man. Iago states: "Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which does mock The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss Who certain of his fate loves not his wronger; But O, what damned minutes tells he over, Who dotes yet doubts, suspects yet fondly loves!" Iago claims that he loves Othello so dearly that he must tell him of such unpleasant news. He reminds Othello that Desdemona did lie to her father in order to marry him, so she is in fact capable of deception. Iago leaves Othello to contemplate this new unsettling information. "O, curse of marriage! That we can call these delicate creatures ours And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapour of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the thing I love For others' uses." ...read more.

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. . I am not what I am.'" His phrase, at first appears to be contradictory but it reveals that Iago is truly not what he appears to be to others. He is motivated to destroy the lives of Othello and Cassio because Othello neglected him in appointing the theoretician, Cassio, as lieutenant. Iago also has suspicions that Othello has slept with his wife. In delivering his judgment on the dispute between Othello and Brabantio, Act I, scene 3, the Duke speaks in rhyming verse, creating a mood of optimism. After that, Brabantio delivers a critical statement of foreshadowing when he states: "'Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see; / She has deceived her father, and may thee.'" This is important because Othello has a flashback to this phrase when he judges Desdemona's loyalty in Act III, scene 3, when Iago reminds him: "'She did deceive her father, marrying you.'" It is a clue to the audience that Othello will believe Desdemona to be false. ...read more.

Conclusion

He then makes the decision to believe the lies that lead him to become jealous. Iago slowly gains the honest Othello's trust and then uses that trust to destroy him. Othello cannot see through Iago's smooth lies and reveals his growing trust of Iago: "'This fellow's of exceeding honesty,/ And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit,/ Of human dealings.'" He also makes Iago his lieutenant. Iago comments on Othello's important change in this climactic scene: "'The Moor already changes with my poison.'" The settings, plot, characters, and themes are enriched by the language and literary techniques in Othello. The extensive uses of soliloquies by Iago provide critical foreshadowing for the audience. Iago acts as the chorus of Greek plays to inform the audience of what is transpiring on stage and provide background information. Othello is a tragic figure because his gullibility, jealousy, and inability to see the truth lead to his death; but he is able to recognize that he had been deceived by his trusted Iago, and had disbelieved his truly loyal wife. The characters can only grasp Iago's destructive treachery by perceiving him to be true evil, the devil. ...read more.

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