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In Act One, Scene One the character of Iago is swiftly established in a number of ways, to give us the full impression of what sort of a character he is.

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In Act One, Scene One the character of Iago is swiftly established in a number of ways, to give us the full impression of what sort of a character he is. In his early conversations Roderigo, Iago makes it clear to him that he only follows 'The Moor' (Othello) to suit his purposes; to the audience, it shows us that he is a selfish, scheming character. I think Shakespeare gives us a full picture of what sort of a character Iago is, so that we are aware of what he is capable of in the future. Iago uses clever tactics to provoke people, for example, when he tells Brabantio that his daughter has married Othello, he exaggerates, claiming that Othello and Desdemona are having sex, 'tupping the beast with two backs,' this suggests to us that he is impetant, and as a way to satisfy his sexual pleasures he thinks of sex images. 'I am not what I am,' these words are the central part of the play, the character of Iago proves this many times in the play through his actions, and interactions with other characters. The character of Iago can be described as a villain, because he feels no guilt, over the things he does. ...read more.

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In both Cinthio's story and Shakespeare's play the character of Iago/Ensign dominates the play using various tactical skills to fulfil his evil deeds. In common with Shakespeare's play, in Cinthio's story The Ensign is full of hatred and anger towards 'The Moor.' The Moor's wife Disdemona is the main reason as to why The Ensign intends to destroy The Moor. After numerous attempts to win Disdemona's love and failing on all occasions the Ensign's strong love for her eventually turns into the most hostile hate, and as a result he plots her death through manipulating The Moor's thoughts and feelings. In the play 'Othello' the character of Iago holds a number of differences to The Ensign in Cinthio's story. Shakespeare deliberately changes many of the original parts of the play perhaps to create more tension or to reinforce certain aspects of the characters, for example how devious Iago is. The Ensign's three year old daughter plays an important part in Cinthio's story because Cinthio shows us the extent to which Iago will go in order to satisfy his feelings, doing unruly things; he does this by using his own daughter as an accessory to assist him in stealing the handkerchief from Disdemona, which shows us that he lacks the basic understanding of the proper rules of behaviour, especially through respect. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare uses Othello and Desdemona's strong and blissful relationship as a comparison to Iago and Emilia's sad and unhappy marriage. The significance of Iago and Emilia's broken marriage is emphasized throughout the play, by the sad and distorted life Iago lives combined with Emilia's vain efforts to try and understand why her husband does not give her the average attention most loyal husbands would give to their wives. Shakespeare shows us the extremes to which people will go when in a relationship, to try and get what they want, in this case sex, an example of this is when Emilia goes out of her way to steal the handkerchief for her husband's sake expecting to get his appreciation through sex, in return. In a normal relationship such an act would be unheard of, because love and sex, usually come as a natural part of a strong and stable relationship, such as Othello and Desdemona's. Shakespeare uses the characters in 'Othello' in skilful ways to get his points across. I think the character of Iago plays the most complex part of the play, which teaches us that we must not let wickedness take over our lives. Othello has an unhappy ending, because of failing to read through Iago's wickedness. The play 'Othello' also reminds us to always question ourselves twice before we act harshly towards other people. This was Othello's weakest point. Mjkhabo ...read more.

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