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How can we understand Iago's hatred? Does it seem rational?

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1) How can we understand Iago's hatred? Does it seem rational? a) Iago hates Othello because he made a young Cassio his second-in-command. Iago feels greatly aggrieved that he was overlooked for promotion by the moor and instead Cassio was promoted to Lieutenant. Othello had fought in battles with Iago, thus he feels betrayed that he was not promoted by his comrade. Iago actually said about the reasons for his hatred in part "g" (p55 line 426-447). Those reason are rational enough for his hatred, but they are not rational for his acts what he did after. b) Iago fools everyone in the play to reach his goals. He only gets away with this because they trust him, his lie (his "poison") works, and this protects him from any questioning. He uses this to his own benefit, talking Cassio into pleading with Desdemona and inducing Othello to believe that Desdemona is having an affair. Throughout the play Iago is described as an "honest" man, which to the audience seems ironic because really everything the man says they know to be a lie. ...read more.


Iago plots to plant it on Cassio as proof to Othello of the affair: Othello is tormented in his thoughts and believes he cannot ever sleep or be content when he says " Nor all the drowsy syrups in the world..."(3, 3,335). Othello goes on to show aggression and anger to Iago for his doubting his beloved wife by saying"villian, be sure..." He wants him to prove it and threatens him by saying " thoust hadst been better have been born a dog" (3, 3,365) which implies that if Iago is wrong Othello will make him pay for all the torment he has caused. In his realisation that Othello is very angry, Iago try's to make Othello feel guilty and plays the innocent by saying "...to be direct and honest is not safe"(3, 3,383). Othello starts to ramble and his mind is in a state of confusion and feels he needs proof. Iago talks about the importance of a good name but could touch a nerve with Othello when he becomes agitated with Iago when he says "By heavens" (3, 3,167) ...read more.


Her love for Othello is as strong as his is to her. She asserts it even as she goes to her death, and is plagued by none of the insecurities and vulnerabilities that lay his love open to Iago's scheming. Unlike Othello, she bears no responsibility for the tragedy; she is the only blameless victim of the villain's work. 5) One of the powerful statements in the play is words of Othello: "I must be found: / my parts, my title and my perfect soul / shall manifest me rightly" (1.2.30-32). Those words open him completely. Othello is not about to hide something. I think that this statement sums up the most important about Othello. His "parts" are his merits, his worth; his "title" is his position as general of the Venetian army; his "perfect soul" is his clear conscience in his marriage to Desdemona. These will "manifest" him, show what he really is. He has no reason to hide. This statement said in the first act of the play predicts everything which happens later. It calculates that telling Othello to hide is likely to have the opposite effect. Iago knew it and used this knowledge, which ended so dramatically at last. ...read more.

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