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Iago as stage manager and through the language of the play

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Iago as stage manager and through the language of the play In this essay I am going to look at the character of Iago in Shakespeare's play famous play of "Othello", I am going to look at the way he manipulates and controls the other characters. I will also look at the language and the way it changes throughout the play. Iago is hateful of others; his actions prove this he uses racism, jealousy, and Othello's trusting nature against him. He has high hopes for himself and wants to be in a leading position but was promoted over. He is deceitful; he lies to Othello Roderigo and Cassio. He deliberately makes Othello think that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, he pretends to be Othello's friend and tricks him into thinking that he is loyal and honest. ...read more.

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He is jealous of Othello because he is liked by other people and is successful and is known by all the important powers in Venice. Iago has many motives for his action toward other people; his was promoted over by Cassio and is jealous of him, and he is interested in self-preservation and hat he can get for himself. He is out for revenge on Othello and Cassio. Some people say he is a racist as he uses racism against Othello. Iago is greedy and wants to take money from Roderigo he proves this by saying "put money in thy purse" when talking to Roderigo. He is very jealous of Othello's popularity and Desdemona's unquestionable love for him, possibly why he breaks them up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Iago acts as stage manager by planning where to put Othello to convince him that Desdemona is having an affair. He does this by asking Cassio about his love for Bianca the beautiful prostitute in Othello's earshot but whispers Bianca's name so Othello wrongly assumes that he is talking about Desdemona. Unplanned but lucky for Iago Bianca enters with Desdemona's handkerchief that Iago had previously planted in Cassio's bedchamber this is enough to convince an already doubting Othello that Desdemona is definitely having an affair. The play is set in Venice because it was the Elizabethan trade capital of the world this makes it important to the rich and to Iago, as he is greedy and money grabbing. ...read more.

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