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Othello Essay. How Iago uses language to deceive.

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Othello Othello is a play written by William Shakespeare, it is a play is about Othello, a general in the army of Vietnam. The play revolves around the lies and pretentiousness of an increasingly cunning character known as Iago .The literary device Shakespeare incorporates into Iago's speech reinforces Iago's villainous personality and enables him to make major impacts. Metaphors are used in Iago's speech to emphasise the crudeness of his phrases. There is also an ironic aspect to certain comments that Iago makes, this irony portrays his false nature. Lastly, Iago uses similes in a convincing manner as to manipulate his victims. The imagery and literary devices compounded with the character of Iago exhibit his villainy in the play. At the beginning of the play, Iago brings the news of the marriage between Othello and Desdemona to Roderigo. Iago and Roderigo decide to go and visit Desdemona's father, in order to "plague him with flies"(1.1.73). This imagery is a metaphor that is used to mean that the two characters are going to torment Brabantio with the false news of the elopement of his daughter. ...read more.


Gennets are horses that come from Spain and Germans is used to mean relatives that are dear to the heart. Iago is essentially saying this phrase to Barbrantio to warn him that if he does not act fast, his entire family will be made up of horses. As far as we know Iago has no reason to hate Barbantio thus he has no reason to use such crude language. Therefore this phrase entirely shows that Lago is a bad-willed person who wishes misfortune to individuals who are successful such as Barbantio, just like how he wishes misfortune to fall on Cassio because he was promoted to the job he wanted. The second litererary device that Iago uses in his speech is irony. When Othello and his companions arrive in Cyprus, Iago says; "I will make the moor thank me, love me and reward me for making him an ass." (2.1.310). This is dramatic irony. Iago is ironic in his speech saying that he is going to pretend to be a friend to Othello so that he can manipulate him and make him suffer. ...read more.


as fools as gross." (3.3.419-420). Here Iago is uses this simile of animal imagery to support his statement in saying that Cassio and Desdemona will never be caught together. By comparing Cassio and Desdemona to animals in a demeaning way Iago emphasizes the extent to which catching Desdemona and Cassio would be possible. By doing so Iago is able to convince Othello, along with his atrocious comparison to animals, that they Cassio and Desdemona are indeed together. In another instance after Othello has discovered Desdemona's unfaithfulness Iago tells Othello to "bear your fortune like a man!"(4.1.61). In questioning Othello's manhood Iago intends to eventually provoke Othello because as Iago is suggesting that Othello cannot handle the "fortune" of being cheated on. This sort of manipulative strategies enable Iago so brainwash Othello, which we know work's as later Othello furiously kills Desdemona. The comparisons using simile's enable Iago to sound convincing in his statements. Lago is a true villain the play, Othello. He is wicked, and uses the trust that his fellow characters have in him to manipulate them into believing him and into turning on each other. His speech has the irony, metaphors and similes which truly portray his villainy. He uses encourage his fellow characters to act contrary to expectation, and this is true wickedness. ...read more.

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