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What stance do you take about the motivation for Iago's action's, considering the nature of the society in which he operates?

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Stacy Morgan, Othello Coursework, Miss Cranfield. Q: What stance do you take about the motivation for Iago's action's, considering the nature of the society in which he operates? There are many different motivations to Iago's actions. Reading through the materials I have been given, I have come to the decision that Iago is a 'homosexual' and is actually in love with Othello, but I will also explain the different motives behind Iago's character. Iago is shown to be a good character in the eyes of Othello, Desdemona, Emilia and Cassio, but when their backs are turned towards him he speaks the truth to the audience. Iago is a strong character and is able to hide his emotions towards people very well. ...read more.

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Iago could be naturally making trouble between Othello and Cassio, so Othello kills Cassio and then Iago can become Othello's lieutenant. At the start of the play Iago is upset that Othello made Cassio his lieutenant when he is talking to Roderigo "In personal suit to make me his lieutenant" (Act 1 scene 1 line 9). Iago believes that the society is he lives in is male dominated and that women shouldn't get involved with what the men are doing. He also believes that women should stay in the home where they should be "Be wise, and get you home" this is what he tells her when they have found Desdemona lying on the bed dead in Act 5 scene 2. ...read more.

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Karen Horny thought Iago was the psychological type and that he had secret desires and passionate feelings towards Desdemona and why he didn't get the lieutenancy, "the passed over lieutenancy, the fantasized passion for Desdemona, the imagined cuckolding by Othello". She then goes on to say that Iago has no respect for his friends and is only obsessed about his devious plan that makes them turn against each other "he has an essential disrespect for others, their dignity and their feelings, his only concern being his subordination of them". Gareth Lloyd Evans, writer of The Upstart Crow compares Iago to Richard III and points out that "Michael Cassio trusts him, Desdemona seems almost admire his forthrightness, the stupid Roderigo is mesmerized by him" basically he saying that everyone believes that Iago is normal character in the face of others. ...read more.

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