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What techniques doe Shakespeare use toInvolve the audience in the plot and Give insight into Iago's character In Act one of Othello

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What techniques doe Shakespeare use to Involve the audience in the plot and Give insight into Iago's character In Act one of Othello Othello is a play themed around racism, murder and betrayal. It was written between 1602 and 1605. Its two main characters are Othello-A moor general in the Venition army and Iago- Othello Ancient. We begin to get to know Othello and other characters, themes and the plot (in the first act this gives it its great importance). Roderigo and Iago are arguing about money in the opening scene. "That thou Iago hast had my purse". This implies to the audience that Iago is greedy and self-centered because he is spending Roderigo's money. We learn that Iago dislikes Othello because he gave a lieutenant's job to Cassio instead of him. "I am worth no worse a place." This shows us that Iago thinks highly of himself and thinks he served the job. Iago is an unusual Shakespearean villain, "Unless the bookish theoric" He has a genuine reason for all the bad things he is doing. He thinks Othello has given a practical job to a man who is academically minded, rather than give it to himself who is practically minded. Iago and Roderigo plan to follow Othello but eventually work against him behind his back. ...read more.

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"Venice a street at night." This makes us believe this makes the audience imagine a dark, scary and mysterious place by using stage directions. He says street at night which makes us the audience imagine candle light and dark shadows setting a spooky scene. We learn straight away that Iago is two faced and intends to betray Othello to get revenge because Othello gives a lieutenants job to cassio instead of Iago. "Nor all masters can be truly followed." Straight away the audience knows a lot more than the characters. This involves the audience because they know all the motives and all about Iagos plan so they want to see how they execute it. The audience would be interested by Roderigos actions because Iago has a motive for his intentions which the audience possibly understands. It is also significant that we have not yet met Othello so the audience are seeing Iago and Roderigo plot against the most important man in the whole play, yet they don't know what he is really like. "Enter Othello, Iago." This shows us that before we meet Othello the audience anticipate his arrival so they can make there own judgment of him rather than take Iagos opinion and judge him from that. ...read more.

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He also uses metaphoric techniques for example he describes Iago being like the god Janus (the god for January). He does this because Janus is a symbol of looking forward to the New Year and looking back on the previous year, to show this it has two faces looking either side. Shakespeare used this to show Iago was two faced. We learn by the end of Act 1 that Iago two faced, deceptive, a villain and we learn he is not a normal Shakespearean villain because he has a reasonable motive. Shakespeare also uses many techniques to involve the audience. One of these is the way he lets the audience know a lot more than the characters so they become more interested to find out how the play turns out. He does this by having Iago perform a soliloquy to let the audience know what Iago is thinking and planning. He also uses the character types to involve the audience for example he made the main character black because in Shakespearean times black people were seen as magical and mysterious. This would have involved them because they would see him as interesting. They would have found him interesting because they didn't see many black people in plays. They would have been interested in seeing the rest of the play so they find out what happens to Iago's plan, whether he succeeds or fails and gets found out. ...read more.

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