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Iago is a clever manipulative villain and although Othello is a brave soldier he is also a gullible fool." How far do you agree with this assessment of these characters?

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Nicole Ryan "Iago is a clever manipulative villain and although Othello is a brave soldier he is also a gullible fool." How far do you agree with this assessment of these characters? To decide how far I agree with this assessment of the characters I will analyse their language and behaviour throughout the play to help me draw a conclusion. Iago can be seen as very clever as he uses events as they occur to his own benefit. When Emilia finds Desdemona's handkerchief Iago takes advantage of her and forces her to give it to him so he can plant it in Cassio's room to provide evidence of Cassio's and Desdemona's affair. ...read more.

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He is will even kill his own wife so not to be exposed of all the malicious things he had done to Othello, Desdemona, Cassio and Roderigo. Before the audience meets Othello it is known that he is a brave soldier as the Duke calls he valiant and the senators call him brave. The audience then meet Othello and again see the image of him being brave as Othello tells the Duke that he won Desdemona's heart when he shared all his victorious war stories. Othello can be said to be a gullible fool as he is a bad judge of character concerning Iago. Initially Othello can be seen as a good judge of character because he gives Cassio his second lieutenant and Iago third. ...read more.

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Desdemona's father Brabantio says "She (Desdemona) has deceived me and may deceive you too" I do not think Othello is gullible because he is a soldier not a courtier and is not a character that would have been exposed to this kind of ruthless persona. Othello is a good person and would not think that anyone could be so conniving. From my analysis of Iago and Othello I conclude that I agree completely that Iago is a clever manipulative villain and that Othello is a brave soldier, although I disagree that Othello is a gullible fool. Othello was duped and tricked by Iago although this was not an easy job for Iago, who had to find proof for Othello to believe about Desdemona's adultery. The evidence was very strong and convincing. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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