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Iago's pure hatred for Othello

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Othello: Coursework Essay "Though I do hate him as I do hell pains." In Shakespeare's play "Othello", Shakespeare introduces one of the most complex villains ever seen in the world of literature. Iago's pure hatred for Othello convinced his own mine to tamper with Othello's life, manipulating him into causing the ultimate tragedy. Iago is portrayed to have many motives into why he does what he does to Othello. He is shown to be racist towards Othello, due to his black skin, Iago is also shown to be jealous of Othello because he has a better life style than himself. Because of this, Iago seeks to have revenge against Othello, and is obsessed with hurting him. Iago is also shown to be power crazed, and because of this he wants to remove any threat to himself and his job. This makes himself seem as though he has lost his grip on reality, and maybe a little mad. This could also be the reason why he is portrayed as a Machiavellian villain. All of these motives are in one human being - Iago; this suggests that iago could have been written into Othello as the Devil, as he enjoys bringing pain and suffering to other's lives. The Orson Welles "Othello" film shows Iago's character as power hungry, as he controls everyone else in the film. Whereas the Olivier version of Othello, interprets Iago as the Devil. This suggests that Iago's character is pure evil and that he has no intention of being good to others around him. Iago was originally written into Shakespeare's play "Othello" as a form of entertainment for the audience. ...read more.

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"For I fear Cassio with my nightcap too." The verb "fear" suggests that Iago is again only thinking that Emilia has been unfaithful due to the fact that he cannot control her. This thought shows everyone in the audience that there is no actual evidence of the event occurring. The harsh alliteration "for, fear" expresses Iago's anger in his voice as he speaks and the metaphor "my nightcap" shows his lack of love towards his wife and that he only thinks of her as someone he can have sex with when he wants to. This would entertain the groundlings as they would be excited by Iago's crude sexual remarks, whereas the Merchant classes would b appalled by Iago's actions as you should love and respect your wife; this shows that Iago thinks of his wife as a prostitute. This shows that Iago has no control over women because prostitutes sleep around freely and know one has control over them. Iago expresses his control over different characters when he speaks formally in prose, as he does when he speaks to Roderigo. This language would appeal more to the groundlings as it is the more common way of talking, as well as the crude comments made; this will be pure entertainment for the groundlings. This is possibly another reason to why Shakespeare created Iago in the play "Othello", to please the groundlings and to entertain them. "You, Roderigo? Come, sir, I am for you." The commanding pronoun "you", said by Iago to Roderigo informally, shows the smartness of Iago as he pretends to not know Roderigo and that he is just a soldier, hiding a connection between them. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that Iago is pure evil, and uses his only true motive to hurt and destroy other's lives. That he is the Devil. Shakespeare wrote Iago as the Devil to shock the audience and to portray to the audience that with evil winning over good at the end, that evil is far more powerful than the good in the world. "A being next the Devil." These words of Samuel Coleridge, a 19th Century poet, show that he thinks Iago was someone as evil and sinister as the Devil. There is a wide range of opinions by different people on what they think Iago was written into the play for. Marilyn French, a feminist critic, believe that Othello, Emilia, Cassio and Roderigo are only destroyed by Iago's "ordinary wisdom of the male world", this shows that Marilyn thought little of Iago's character and that all the men in the world are like him. The comment made by Marilyn is not right because many men in the world do not kill for the fun of it. Other people have different opinions about why Iago did what he did, none really know why Iago did it, as at the end of the play iago says- "Demand me nothing; what you know, you know. From this time forth I never will speak word." Iago says this and shows that he has total control still as he is the only person who knows the truth of why he did it. Shakespeare wrote Iago to say this to hide the truth, and to let people make up their own minds. But the pure evil of Iago shows and the fact that he still has total control portrays his character as the Devil. ...read more.

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