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The two characters Iago and Desdemona.

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Kate Salmon The critics have many views on the two characters Iago and Desdemona. These two characters are very complex and have a hidden depth to them. Each critic has a strong personal view on the characters and explores deeply into what motivates them and have they go about things. The Critics are able to state their point of view clearly giving relevant quotes from the text, but there are some things that I do agree on to some extent but then there are things that I don't agree on. I would like to challenge the critic's view when forming my own oppinon of the character Iago and Desdemona. The character of Iago is very complex and I feel is hard to understand. There are many views to why he is this clever, ambition, manipulative villain. A.C Bradley puts up two arguments, which he thinks, are wrong interpretations to why Iago is driven to destroy Othello. He states that Iago could be a jealous man whose main ambition is to destroy successful lives; Or Iago simply hates anything good because it is good, and loves evil purely for itself. I don't think that these are wrong interpretations of Iago as I think he is from a society who is embittered by social class. I feel that that Iago is frustrated because he is considered as a lower class to the likes of Othello and therefore he is ambitious to prove himself and not to be looked down on. ...read more.


I think he clearly likes an audience to relate his plans to such as Roderigo he also has another side to him, which is mysterious, especially when he refuses to speak towards the end of the play. ' I never will speak word'. Iago I feel is a man who hates anything good. He is also embittered by his social status, which drives him to prove himself and to cause downfall of others. His motives throughout the whole play are jealousy, revenge and hatred. He is an insecure man who is riel in sexual jealousy. As he believes that Othello has 'twixt my sheets and done my office.' This plays upon the fact that the thought of competition angers him, and that is why he is clearly a competitive man. He feels that people like Othello and Cassio who seem to have wounded him personally and professionally should suffer and that is another motive that reduces him to inflicting pain upon them. He is a very clever man who is able to play different roles convincingly and is able to adapt to any occasion. He loves having power and being able to control people and he is able to do this very well. I think when taking about Iago's character there should be a small element of sympathy felt for him. Although his actions were certainly wrong and evil it is sad that he was driven to do this because of his insecurities and frustration. ...read more.


Or are these selfless words, which portray Desdemona as the innocent victim. I believe that in a sense she did take control of her own fate as she did certain things in the play to provoke Othello into believing Iago. I do believe that she did things unintentionally and did them so that she would not hurt Othello. I also agree with the second interpretations as I feel that she does what to defend her husband. Desdemona's love is strong throughout the play and never seems to die or change and I think that no matter what she will always love him and protect him. However one might interpret her final words, we will certainly feel that her self-blame contradicts her earlier assertiveness. I believe that Desdemona has indeed become a sacrifice. Overall I feel that the Character of Desdemona is one that is genuinely kind and innocent. I believe that her misfortune is because of this naivety that she possesses. Unlike Iago Desdemona does not want to cause upset although in some cases she does, but I never feel that it is intentional. Desdemona's character contradicts its self as one minute she can be opinionated and strong but then she shows signs of weakness. The one part of her character that remains strong is her love for Othello but it does lead to her downfall. Desdemona is the most genuine character in the play and this is why is makes even more sad when she dies as she was innocent and oblivious to Iago's masterful plans. ...read more.

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