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I am not what I am' is a good assessment of Othello as he seems to have different attitudes with different characters

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Othello Coursework Iago is a very complex villain in William Shakesphere's 'Othello'. During the book he uses carefully thought out words and actions which allows him to manipulate other characters and do things in a way which benefits himself and lets him do things as he wants them to be done. Iago has his reasons for the hatred he feels towards the other characters. Othello appointed Cassio as his lieutenant, a job that Iago desperately wanted and felt that he was much better qualified than Cassio for the job. Iago says, "With as little a web as this will I ensnare as great a fly as Cassio." Iago also feels that Othello is having an affair with his own wife, Emilia and comments in Act 4 Scene 3 add to his suspicions. I believe that this is one of the reasons that he tricks and manipulates Othello. Although he never directly tells his motive for hating Othello, there is definite hatred throughout the play. ...read more.


"Sweet Desdemona let us be wary, let us hide our loves". And then sir he would gripe and wring my hand, Cry "O Sweet Creature!" and then kiss me hard, As if he plucked up kisses by roots That grew upon my lips; then laid his leg Over my thigh, and sighed, and kissed, and then Cried "O cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor" This seems to be the final piece of evidence for Othello to believe that Desdemona was being unfaithful to him. Another way that Iago tricks other characters is Iago's effectiveness at noticing innocent situations and making them look dodgy or suspect. He uses this technique when he is trying to convince Othello that Desdemona is being unfaithful. In Act 3 Scene 3 Cassio leaves the room hurriedly after speaking with Desdemona because he does not want to annoy Othello even more, he feels disgraced and fears that Othello will send him away. Iago twists the situation - 'That he would steel away so guilty like - seeing you coming' Cassio has good reason to move away quickly as he does not want to see eye-to-eye with somebody who is angry with him. ...read more.


He exploited them further and this resulted in Othello's Death. Iago is so different in reality to what the other characters see him as, as he is playing tricks on most of them behind their backs that their portrayal of him is basically not him, the way he acts in the play is like a costume preventing the other characters from seeing him for what he really is. Iago tricks each of the other characters into believing that Iago was 'one their side' and in the things he was saying to them and the actions he was taking, he was taking for their own good and they would profit from them, where as he was taking these actions to trick the other characters as 'pay-back' for the hatred he feels towards them. Iago gets so sucked into his lies that he even tricks and convinces himself that Othello is sleeping with his own wife Emila, this is another reason for hating both Othello and Emilia. It is almost as if there is so much betrayal and lying that he stops trusting even himself. ?? ?? ?? ?? Paul Buchanan ...read more.

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