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Othello and Iago's relationship.

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Othello and Iago's relationship. Luke Drake The most striking and relevant tone behind this extract, is the irony between the two men, whereby there roles are reversed in the audiences eyes. This is shown with Othello being the General, hence superior to Iago, but in social and mental terms Iago is taking control, using his intelligence and deceitful malice, to manipulate and destroy the strong Othello, first seen at the beginning of the play. However there is more to this irony, in terms of dramatic irony, seen throughout the whole extract. Where Othello, in effort to find the start of the conflict between the two men, approaches Iago saying, ' 'Tis monstrous. Iago, who began't,' so the audience is now left with a huge knowledge over Othello, about the real motives of Iago, and the very fact that they can't share it with Othello, and the way he first turns to Iago for his version, is the torment known as the dramatic irony. ...read more.


he be that in this foul proceeding hath thus beguiled your daughter of herself.....after your on sense, yea, though our proper son stood in action.' So in brief terms he is saying that his son if involved in the act would be punished. This idea of sympathising with Cassio is also used by way of reserving his report to show honour, where he uses graphic imagery in saying, 'I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth than I should do offence to Michael Cassio.' Another use of manipulation towards Iago's train of thought is by backing up his comments, with those previously concerning Othello; carefully introduced, when he says, 'The town might fall in fright,' which is the exact point that is on Othello's mind the most, 'In a town of war, yet wild, the people's hearts brim full of fear.' ...read more.


This clearly shows he holds trust in Iago and his report. In addition to this, Othello's mood is entirely changed and in greater favour too for Iago, in his ending speech, toward him, 'I know Iago thy honesty and love doth mince this matter.' Finally, there is the suggestions of honesty, which is shown in the above quote, and how yet again Iago has achieved the title of 'honest' he so desires, this links in also to the original concept of the irony in the extract, and the plan which is found in Iago's soliloquy, in act 2 scene 1, where he describes the success of his plan leading the moor to, 'thank me, love me and reward me.' Which he has no doubt achieved. Not to mention though the primary success of destroying the title, of lieutenant, for Michael Cassio, where Othello says 'never more be officer of mine.' This act in theory can also be found in Iago's soliloquy, as his goal to, 'Abuse him to the moor in rank and garb.' ...read more.

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