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How does the Extract from Act II Scene I, reveal Iago's aggressive, bitter and devious nature.

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How does the Extract from Act II Scene I, reveal Iago's aggressive, bitter and devious nature. Iago's devious wishes, aggressive manner and bitter nature demonstrate his devilish character. His behaviour in this extract shows us his negative traits, which we have seen in previous scenes. The extract begins with Iago silencing Roderigo to be silent, like a child. Showing us his aggressive and domineering manner: "Let thy soul be instructed" This reminds Roderigo that he is in control of the conversation. It is as if he is implying that he shouldn't speak unless spoken to. His aggressive manner continues as he begins to attack Othello. He claims Othello won Desdemona's heart by "prating" and saying "Fantastical lies". The aggressive tone he has when speaking about Othello suggests his bitterness. He is quite jealous and surprised that Desdemona would marry "the Moor". He then goes on to call Othello the "devil", which he has done in the past. ...read more.

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He then goes on to convince him that it is only Cassio who stand in the way of him and Desdemona. He deliberately creates an enemy for him, so that Roderigo will agree to participate in Cassio's downfall. He cunningly manipulates Roderigo in order to help him pursue his plan. Without a second thought he is willing to jeopardise his "friends" happiness in order to get revenge on Cassio and Othello. This shows his aggressive nature - he thinks of no one but himself. When Roderigo attempts to defend Desdemona in response to Iago's disrespectful comments, he is quickly silenced by Iago: "Blest fig's end! If she had been blessed she would never have lov'd the Moor" Here he uses aggression to be heard, and also to express his anger. He clearly treats Roderigo like a child. He is almost laughing at his suggestion. This makes Roderigo seem more na�ve than foolish (after all we are told that he is relatively young) ...read more.

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This shows that he is willing to ruin Desdemona's relationship in order to achieve his goal even though she has one nothing to harm him. Further showing us his devious and bitter nature. He finishes his soliloquy with an aggressive tone of ridicule. He says, "Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me for making him egregiously an ass". Here he makes fun of Othello's honest nature. It is in fact true as Othello does love Iago and finds him trustworthy, however it is this honest nature he will manipulate In this extract Iago uses his aggressive, devious and bitter nature in order to get what he wants. He cleverly manipulates Roderigo's feelings in order to serve his needs. Here we see that he will ruin other people's lives in order to seek revenge, which show us his selfish and jealous characteristics. His bitterness is seen clearly when we see that he is unable to accept other people's happiness. Iago is even willing to destroy his own marriage! ...read more.

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