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The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago

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who is unhardened by military experience and 'That never set a squadron in the field.' (I, i, 22) It is consequently not such a great step from loyal and honest companion to 'villainous knave' and 'scurvy fellow' (IV, ii, 140-141) as Emilia ironically calls the unknown defamer of Desdemona's virtue. Scorned and overlooked by the great leader, Iago is left with nothing but his anger and his sense of abandonment. Despite his initial claims, he is not that interested in reclimbing the ladder of military promotion. It has, after all, rejected him, and the days of 'old gradation' (I, i, 37) based upon 'honest' service are gone. And, he is promoted to the position of Lieutenant at the end of III, iii. What is left to Iago is the sheer pleasure of destroying all that he had believed in, and which is reflected in Othello's eulogy over himself: Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content! Farewell the plum�d troops, and the big wars That make ambition virtue � O, farewell! Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump, The spirit-stirring drum, th'ear-piercing fife, The royal banner, and all quality, Pride, pomp, and circumstance, of glorious war! (III, iii, 350-355) As Iago gloats at the loss of Othello's 'sweet sleep' displayed in the speech above, he fails to recognise the ironic reflection on himself. ...read more.


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