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How does Shakespeare use a language to show Othello's changing state of mind?

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Katie Glindon Mrs Benjamin- English How does Shakespeare use a language to show Othello's changing state of mind? In Shakespeare's play 'Othello', many issues are undertaken and explored. Our first impressions of Othello in act 1 scene 1 are of him as a noble and well-spoken man. This nobility is conveyed throughout his speech, "Most potent grave and reverend signiors". He also seems to have a very strong relationship with Iago and Cassio; Shakespeare intends this so that it builds up the audience for what evil is to be performed by Iago. Throughout the whole play Othello has a gracious and exquisite use of language out of all the characters despite his claims to lack this. To enhance this he speaks in blank verse throughout the first part of the play. The poetic language does not last throughout the whole play though as later he talks in prose. ...read more.

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This shows us that Iago plans develop early on destroying Othello's marriage this is were Othello's state of mind starts to change and Iago starts to creep in with his 'poison' and those little comments 'Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio...' but there are also them comments that Iago says to Othello that maybe make him feel secure and think he has a good friend in Iago 'My lord, you know I love you...' and soon enough Othello has his suspicions of Cassio and Desdemona so already we can see our iagoisation and all this jealously sneaking in. When Iago has established Othello's trust however he begins to make much more direct comments but there are still subtle enough to make Othello think Iago is simply trying to make these comments as a concerned friend. A good example of this is when Iago says, "the cuckold lives in bliss". This simply makes Othello consider the possibility of Desdemona being unfaithful. ...read more.

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Also Othello's descriptions are always very detailed, and when the Othello's state of mind starts to change so does his language and seems a lot more muddled. An example of this is when he says; "As if there were some monster in thy thought". "Too hideous to be shown. Though didst mean something" this example does not show Othello using very descriptive language but it shows how he uses it in regular speech, he uses comparisons to different subjects, again this all indicate Iago's plan is going well. The idea of a monster is used other times in the play like when Othello states, "Jealously is the green-eyed monster that doth mock the meant it feeds on2. This idea portrays how Iago almost infects Othello's mind by burning his insides with jealousy. I think Shakespeare shows a great use of language to demonstrates Othello's changing state of mind, but while doing this he shows us the Iagoisation of Othello and how this all relates to Desdemona's death at the end of the play. ...read more.

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