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How Does Iago's Soliloquies show His Character and Plans?

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Sarah Rushby 12H How Does Iago's Soliloquies show His Character and Plans? Through soliloquies in the play, Iago shares his plans and thoughts with the audience. It's through this method that the audience discovers his intentions and motives for his actions. Until the third act there are 3 soliloquies and in each one he shares his thoughts and lets the audience some where into his mind. Critics have suggested that through this confidence he shares with the audience, they become his accomplices. In the first soliloquy Iago tells the audience firstly, that the only reason he "would expend time with such a snipe" is but to use him. He reveals throughout the first soliloquy that rank and social classes are of extreme importance to him. ...read more.


He then shows us that he has a great power for thinking on his feet by creating a plan from Cassio's performance with Desdemona that he just witnessed. It could be said that these soliloquies are a way of informing and summarising the story to come so as to create an air of suspense in the audience. The second soliloquy gives the audience a chance to see a small percent of Iago's character as suddenly the rumour in the first soliloquy has become a definite suspicion and he offers his third motive, his love Desdemona. This love apparently appears from no where but it fuels Iago on to say that he will have revenge on Othello, "wife for wife" and then states the prophetic, "At least into jealousy so strong, that judgement cannot cure". ...read more.


In the Third soliloquy Iago continues with his plan. Having just spoken to Cassio and given him advice he questions the audience, "what's he then that says I play the villain". He then goes on to explain how the advice he just gave was given, "free and honest" which shows some irony that he uses the word honest. A word to which is often referred to him. Through the soliloquies the audiences perception of Iago grows as we realise that this man is villainous and evil yet intelligent and, in his mind, with cause for being so. He tells us 3 of his motives for his actions, yet we see each piece of fiction materialise in his mind. The use of soliloquies in Othello, for Iago's character, work as a way of communicating his idea's and thoughts as well as a few and limited aspects of his character. ...read more.

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