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The strongest emotion Shakespeare shows us in Act 1 is Iagos jealousy of Cassio and Othello

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The strongest emotion Shakespeare shows us in Act 1 is Iago?s jealousy of Cassio and Othello Shakespeare shows a range of intense emotions throughout Act 1. Although the majority are dark, like the jealousy felt by both Iago and Rodrigo, love also heavily features in many different forms. Love is often juxtaposed against the darker feelings, and occasionally the two emotions combine to cause a rage or hatred that is blinded by love, as happens to Rodrigo and Brabantio when they find out that Desdemona has married Othello. Hatred also features strongly throughout the act. There is a constant racial hatred aimed directly at Othello, with racist remarks made in every one of the first three scenes. The final main emotion that Shakespeare shows us is pride. Othello feels a lot of it about himself and Iago?s pride is undeniably damaged when Othello promotes Cassio over him (this is the trigger event that allows all of Iago?s emotions to spiral out of control, but it also gives him the focus to ensure that he destroys Othello). Iago?s loss of pride and hatred of Othello drives his need for revenge and thirst to prove himself (in his own twisted way). ...read more.

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and the lack of love has isolated Iago to the point where he doesn?t have any real relationships, as they are all faked pretence. However this lack of compassion means that Iago has no conscience to trouble him and no internal battles; he is a true Machiavellian villain. Iago?s name derives from the two faced God Janus, and was obviously picked by Shakespeare to highlight not only his two faced, deceiving ways but also the way Iago plays God during the play, manipulating everyone. Both of these points are shown by the fact that Iago has no constant voice or view throughout the play, switching it to suit his need. He changes regularly between prose and verse. Often Shakespeare uses this switch to show how a character is lowering himself by going from verse to prose. However with Iago it is used to show his deceitful and manipulative lies and attitude to other characters. At the end of act 1 Iago is speaking to Rodrigo in basic prose and then switches to verse once Rodrigo has left. Shakespeare is showing how Iago is cleverly manipulating the situation and Rodrigo?s character. ...read more.

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During Act 1 Shakespeare shows a range of intense emotions that he often interlinks for maximum effect. Characters like Rodrigo and Brabantio get a mix of contrasting emotions. It could be suggested, as Brabantio is a politician, and suddenly goes into a mad rage, that this combination makes them act out of character. However this would also suggest that it would only have a direct affect for a short amount of time. Iago?s character is clearly driven by a combination of negative emotions, his hate and damaged pride being just as powerfully portrayed as his jealousy of Cassio and Othello. In contrast love stands out as a truly good emotion. At this point in the play love has consumed Othello just as much as hate, jealousy and pride has consumed Iago. This means that Iago?s jealousy is not the strongest emotion Shakespeare shows us in Act 1. Instead it is love. Iago lacks it, and it is this that allows the bad emotions to take over as well as the reason he can plot to destroy without any distractions from his conscience. It is also Othello?s love for Desdemona that by itself can rival the strength of every single one of Iagos emotions. ...read more.

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