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The character of Iago in the opening scenes of Shakespeares 'Othello'.

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The character of Iago in the opening scenes of Shakespeares 'Othello' Shakespeare's play Othello is one that encompasses a variety of characters. These characters have their own trademarks in terms of speech and outlook on life. One of these is the villain Iago. He is perhaps the most terrible villain of any of Shakespeare's numerous plays. One of the main reasons is that he has no real motivations for his actions. At the same time, the language, imagery and dramatic techniques of the play give the reader an insight into Iago's character, while attempting to ultimately shed light on Iago's main motivation. ...read more.


Early on, Iago fills Brabantio with an immediacy through use of vivid, obscene proverbs such as "making the beast with two backs". What this shows is Iago twisting objects to suit his whim, and also his confidence in the power of language. At the same time, Iago makes use of language to urge others on. His use of imperatives such as "Rouse him, make after him, poison his delight, proclaim him in the street, incense her kinsmen" demonstrate his ability to influence and control others through his potent use of language. ...read more.


By playing on Roderigo's hopes, Iago is able to swindle money and jewels from Roderigo, making himself a substantial profit, while using Roderigo to forward his other goals. Iago shows no remorse in manipulating an innocent such as Roderigo to gain an advantage for himself and this emphasises the characters traits that were portrayed early on. Due to such characteristics Iago, in the opening scenes, comes across as very manipulative, head strong, cunning and many would say to be that of a metaphorical puppeteer, ie; perhaps not always being the most prominant character in scenarios, but yet always controlling the situation from the shadows. Siobh�n Stewart ...read more.

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