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Othello - How is our reaction to Iago shaped by the words andbehaviour of those around him?

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Lucy Reynolds Othello Coursework How is our reaction to Iago shaped by the words and behaviour of those around him? My view is that although the play is called "Othello "the main character in the play is Iago. I think this because his plan of gaining power and revenge is the main object which motivates the play and builds up the climax. His revenge to gain a higher career is the reason for everything that happens in the play. However it's not just Iago's tragedy that's results at the end of the play. It is Iago's talent of manipulating the desires of those around him that makes him both a powerful and a compelling figure. The whole play Othello is based on Iago and his plan. However this is not always clear to the assemblage of the play or reader unless you deeply study Iago's character. Though the most inveterate liar, Iago inspires all of the play's characters the trait that is most lethal to Othello. Iago's ambition is the main aspect involved in the play. ...read more.


This trust which is developed helps Iago move around without anyone discovering what he is doing. The audience can now see how Iago is and can see how the other characters react to him. The trust which Desdemona gives Iago helps his plans develop because it makes no one suspect what he is doing. Desdemona can't see that what Iago is trying to do is completely false because while Iago is complimenting Desdemona he is also going behind her back and tell Othello that Desdemona has committing adultery against him with Cassio and she isn't. This is another way Iago sets up his plan. By saying this to Othello he makes him believe that an affair is taking place between Cassio and Desdemona. One of the main ways Iago does this is by taking the special handkerchief that Othello gave to Desdemona. I know from the play Cassio has a small infatuation with Desdemona this is shown in act 2, scene 2 when he says: "She's a most exquisite Lady" (Act 2, Scene 2 pg 58) ...read more.


Emilia is aware of how badly women are treated and she mentions this to Desdemona in Act 4, scene 3 on how she would dishonour her husband if he was - Unfaithful Violent Jealous This is shown in this quote, "Say that they slack their duties, And pour our treasuries into foreign laps; Or else break out in peevish jealousies. This to me may mean that Emilia has experienced one or more of these things and has been with others. However in conclusion I can see that Iago has the power over all the main characters in the play without them realising it. By him being able to do this I have shaped my view of Iago's character to be sly, manipulative but also clever. He is clever in the way he is able to do this and not get caught out. Whatever the case Iago must be admired for what he has done either good or bad because his intelligent and slyness is a lot higher then the other characters in the play. The audience reacts to Iago in different ways to different characters because this is the way Iago operates However in the end he does and this results in his death. ...read more.

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