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'Othello', Iago's soliloquy act 1 scene 3.

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Introduction

'Othello', Iago's soliloquy act 1 scene 3 This passage is the first of Iago's soliloquies; it is located in Act1 Scene 3 lines 383 through to 405. Of all the characters in Shakespeare's Othello, none is more complex and unknown to the audience than Iago. He is portrayed by every character as being an honest and trustworthy person. Yet, as the audience is well informed by this stage, especially after the soliloquy, he appears to be quite the opposite. He's a two faced character, honest and kind on the outside, but seemingly evil on the inside. This passage is virtually an outline of his plan to entrap the other characters in a destructive web of lies and hatred.

Middle

This is not the first time he has expressed his hatred for Othello, but it is the first time he has done so and have nothing to gain by saying it, for example when he says it just to gain the trust of others when in actuality he despises Othello for the better life he has been handed. Iago also talks about the fact that it is generally believed that the moor has slept with his wife, in reality this is untrue and just a rumour. Iago "not know if it be true" but will "act as if it was for surety".

Conclusion

He then refers to Othello as being as easy to lead as a donkey. His final words are; "t is engendered Hell and night must bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light." Which merely means this is my plan, and now I will bring upon its birth and put it into action. By referring to hell, night and monstrous he is saying that this will be the start of something truly evil. The themes that are involved in this play are as of yet not established, this being so early in the play and one of the first of many soliloquies. But what we have seen so far from Iago is merely just the beginning of the lies and deceit implicit in the remainder of the play Siobhán Stewart

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