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Othello Commentary on Iagos speech.

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Othello Commentary on Iagos speech My main preparation for my speech was reading up to and including the Iago's speech. Initially I didn't read past it, as I didn't want to confuse myself by knowing the out come of Iago's plan. Also Iago wouldn't have known whether or not his plan was to succeed; so by doing this I am attempting to get into the character of him. Next I studied the text closely in order to learn as much about Iago and how his mind works as possible. This was done so that I am fairly capable of thinking how Iago would to aid me when writing my speech and preparing me for questions from the audience. Another advantage of doing this is that I can attempt to use the same type of language and sentence structure as he would. I decided that it would be best for me to word process this piece because this way I could alter and amend the font and layout so that it is as easy as possible to read. ...read more.

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He is capable of distorting the other characters perceptions and good judgment for the worst. From his speech the audience are able to see his duplicity. This is mainly seen through his treatment to Roderigo and how he is taking his money and him for a fool. There is a little empathy here as the audience may possibly feel that they would do the same if given control of someone's money. This speech confirms the audience's suspicions of him and they can now establish him as a villain who intends to destroy others to satisfy his own ambition. The speech pervades the whole play and the dramatic irony created with it shows its self to be a very effective and important dramatic device. The last one and a half lines are reminiscent of "Macbeth". They talk about doing evil things under darkness, which show Iago's evil qualities. Iago is prepared to see people killed - Desdemona, Roderigo, Othello and even his wife just to satisfy his own ambition. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare shows Othello to be an honorable man in a position of authority. He's depicted as being respectable and good at his job, not like a stereotypical black man of the time. Why he's in such a high position of authority is a good question and judging by the thinking of the time it was probably because people didn't mind if he died. On the other hand Iago is racist we can perceive this from the comments he makes. For instance. 'black ram tupping your white ewe'. The animal imagery doesn't present a pleasant thought further showing his dislike. This gives him more of an underlying reason as to why he is going to ruin his life; a black man is in a higher position than him, a white man. It is apparent that he is very jealous of Othello and he has the life and woman that he wants. Historical context is also shown by the fact that although the characters are important women play a small part in the play. This was purposefully done because men would play women's parts. ...read more.

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