• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Iago and Cassio

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comparison of Cassio and Iago In Shakespeare's Othello, the characters Iago (Othello's ensign) and Cassio (Othello's friend and lieutenant) are contrasted in many different ways. The most crucial and significant difference between Iago and Cassio is their attitudes. This contrast is shown mainly in the language that they use. Cassio is a good-natured gentleman, and he uses gracious and refined language. The audience gets this impression immediately in Act 2 Scene 1. Cassio states, "Tempests themselves, high seas, and howling winds, as having sense of beauty, do omit their mortal natures, letting safe go by the divine Desdemona". In this quotation, Cassio is talking about Desdemona as if she is a goddess, or saintly, because of the use of the word "divine", which suggests perfection. He then, later on in the scene states, "O, behold, the riches of the shop come on shore!" When he says "the riches of the ship", he is referring to Desdemona. This shows that he is a gentleman because he is complimenting Desdemona, and saying that she is the most important person the ship (the treasure of the ship). ...read more.

Middle

This quotation creates so many crude and sexual images in the audience's mind, and as Iago was saying this to Desdemona's father, it establishes how provocative he is. In Act 2 Scene 3, there is a conversation between Cassio and Iago, and there is a huge contrast in the way in which both of them talk about Desdemona. Cassio describes her as "a most exquisite lady", "a fresh and delicate creature" and "perfection". These quotations show that Cassio has a thoughtful and caring attitude towards Desdemona because he is talking about her as if she is the finest and flawless because of the use of the words "exquisite" and "perfection". However, in this conversation, Iago describes Desdemona as "sport for Jove" and "full of game". These quotations show that Iago thinks of Desdemona in his usual crude and misogynistic way, because throughout the play, he makes women sound like they are sluts. "Jove" is the king of the gods and he is known for his sexual prowess. ...read more.

Conclusion

Iago's view of reputation is very basic and straight forward. Both Cassio and Iago's ideas of reputation more or less sum up their views about other things. For example, their views about women - Cassio is very sensitive and caring to them, and Iago is very blunt and candid to them. The way they speak summarises the views of the characters in a way too, because Cassio is caring so he speaks in a poetic manner (which goes with his spiritual view of reputation), and Iago is crude so he speaks in an uncomplicated and less graceful manner (which goes with his straight forward view of reputation). In conclusion, the differences between Cassio and Iago are portrayed mainly through their attitudes and beliefs about other people (mainly women), and they views about important parts of their lives. Shakespeare emphasises this contrast with the language and the way in which they speak, and it is very effective as the contrast is obvious to the audience. ?? ?? ?? ?? Meera Parmar 21/01/09 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Othello section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

This response analyses form and language to some extent but there is no analysis of structure and the points are not connected to the whole play. The context of analysis must always be considered in order to demonstrate an understanding of the text.

3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 24/06/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Othello essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Is Iago The Perfect Villain?

    5 star(s)

    He is cold, calculative- a sadist. Yet he is also intelligent, which would have frightened the Elizabethan audience watching. His intelligence and sadism are revealed in his three soliloquies, which I will explore in this essay. "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse:" Iago's first soliloquy, included in Act one Scene 3 opens on a sinister, malicious note.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How and why does Othello's character change during the course of the play? How ...

    4 star(s)

    The fact that Othello is being told directly about this event from the senators gives him real authority and dominance over his followers. Brabantio, protesting that Othello has taken his daughter, Desdemona, and forced her to marry him, interrupts the Duke's speech.

  1. Peer reviewed

    What is the significance of Iagos Soliloquies in Othello?

    3 star(s)

    This indicates that there is a rumour that Othello has slept with Iago's wife, Emilia. Although this may not be the real reason, as he isn't sure if it's true, its reason enough for his plan. Iago may be in love with Othello, or he may be in love with Desdemona.

  2. In what ways does Othello's position as an outsider fuelled by his insecurities bring ...

    When referring to Othello. "The Moor" and "Thick lips" are used as references to Othello's colour in many scenes. The imagery of animals or beasts is used a lot, "Black ram" and "barbary horse". This is bringing Othello to an animalistic level with the imagery of wild un tamed animals or beasts.

  1. Compare and Contrast the roles of Women as represented in the Play 'Othello'

    For example when she jumps to defend her against Othello's accusations, "I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest". This shows her telling Othello what the audience is most probably thinking in Desdemona's defence. Emilia's language is usually straight-talking and down to earth as in the following quotation where

  2. Othello and 'O' Comparative Essay

    This links effectively to Brabantio's dehumanisation of the African American race in Shakespeare's play. In this way, the modern American black stereotype is strongly reaffirmed. The use of colloquialism also aids in establishing this. Odin is extremely upset when he finds out that "they call you the nigger man".

  1. othello. DISCUSS THE DRAMATIC IMPACT OF ACT 1 SCENE 3 AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO ...

    and what mighty magic" Another technique Othello uses, which reassures the audience that he is a knowledgeable man is Othello's use of iambic pentameters throughout his speech. Shakespeare has made Othello's speech calm, poetic, respectful and patient to portray Othello's personality.

  2. To what extent do you consider the character Othello to be responsible for his ...

    course, will continue to manipulate him, and Othello's own dwelling will lead him to believe and make things worse for himself. Iago is always manipulating Othello, with or without his presence, as we see in the case of the handkerchief as Iago cleverly persuades his wife, Emilia, to steal the handkerchief given to Desdemona as a gift from Othello.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work