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When Iago’s treachery is fully revealed, Othello asks:‘Why hath thy ensnar’d my soul and body'. Discuss Why.

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Introduction

Andrew Birch AJ GCSE English Shakespeare When Iago's treachery is fully revealed, Othello asks: 'Why hath thy ensnar'd my soul and body Othello is a tragic play, which was written in 1604 by William Shakespeare. It is based on a novel written by Giradi Cinthio, where Disdemona falls greatly in love with a Moor. The play follows Othello- a black General of the Venetian army, who is gradually driven crazy by Iago- one of his soldiers. Iago targets Othello's tragic flaw- jealousy. This flaw is shared by Iago. Throughout the duration of the play, Shakespeare uses dramatic devices such as soliloquy, dramatic irony and comic relief. Soliloquy is used by Shakespeare in most cases to convey a characters feelings or plans. During Othello, the characters that have soliloquies are Othello and Iago. Iago attempts to completely ruin Othello because he hates him, one of his reasons for this is he dislikes black people. Iago refers to Othello as 'thick-lips,' this is a racial insult. Very sporadically does Iago refer to Othello in a respectful manner other than when he is there. Iago also suspects that Othello has slept with his wife: '...I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets H'as done my office.' (Act 1, scene 3) This is a soliloquy used to tell the audience that Iago thinks his wife, Emilia, has slept with Othello. I think Shakespeare put this soliloquy in, in order to make the audience bond with Iago's character and to sympathise with him..Iago feels greatly aggrieved that he was overlooked for promotion by the moor and instead Cassio was promoted to Lieutenant: 'But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Evades them with bombastic circumstance, Horribly stuffed with epithets of war, Nonsuits my mediators. For, 'Certes,' says he, 'I have already chose my officer,' And what was he? Forsooth, a great arithmatician,' (Act 1, scene 1) ...read more.

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She is shown to be na�ve and to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time. She is na�ve in that she has little perception of heated situations when she might want to keep quiet. Everything is going very well for Iago; Desdemona pesters Othello about Cassio. Othello says to her, 'I will deny thee nothing.' He obviously is still in little doubt of Desdemona's faith. There is quite a large difference between this statement of love and, 'Why did I marry?'(Act 3, scene 3) for them to be in same scene. Shakespeare shows us how persuasive Iago is and how much Othello trusts him. This conjures more sympathy for Othello. Iago takes this opportunity to put even more doubt in Othello's mind by reminding him of her fathers warning, 'She hath deceived her father, and may thee.' It is quite ironic that at the time his response was, 'My life upon her faith.' I think his opinions had changed at the end of Act 3, scene 3. Iago uses repetition to make Othello think about what he saying, to place doubt in his mind over whether he should naturally be happy about what Iago finds most absurd. Othello: 'Oh, yes, and went between us very oft.' Iago: 'Indeed' Othello: 'Indeed? Ay, indeed! Discern'st though aught in that? Is he not honest?' Iago: 'Honest, my lord?' Othello: 'Honest? Ay, honest.' (Act 3, scene 3) Iago's use of short ominous remarks provokes Othello into thinking that he is being economical with the truth. He makes Othello think more deeply into what he is saying and question his own comments. Othello is now curious and interested as to what he is thinking. Iago is portrayed to be very cunning and resourceful in his fight to make Othello kill his wife. So he reminded Othello of a fact or 17th century life: 'In Venice they do not let heaven see the pranks They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience Is not to leave't undone but, keep't unknown.' ...read more.

Conclusion

(Act 5, scene 2) Othello stabs himself. He is saying that he is both the wrongdoer and the avenger in this dilemma. By finding the Turk who made a verbal attack on Venice, Othello thinks he is restoring Venice to its peaceful, civilised and well governed original state. This ending is what the story so tragic. The good honest man is dead along with Emilia, Rodrigo and Desdemona. I think the innocence of Desdemona makes the audience feel particularly sad when she dies. Shakespeare displays this innocence in the dramatic irony of her speech; how she always is trying to do the right thing to all of her friends and family but manages to frustrate and anger Othello so much without knowing why. The whole play is full of representation, for example Iago represents evil and darkness. It is ironic that the good man in the play is black, as black represents evil. Iago's whiteness is ironic as he is the darkest character in the whole play. This irony is rivalled by the honesty and goodness of Desdemona who is white and pure. The conflict of the representations is what makes this a good play and is the main topic raised within the play- whether the representations given by people can be relied upon. Shakespeare uses a word on purpose in one scene then repeats in another for dramatic effect, 'perdition.' Perdition means ruin. Othello says this word when he is on the brink of chaos in Act 3, scene 3. The next time we hear it is in Act 3, scene 4. The only difference is that the latter scene he is talking of the past. I think Shakespeare wrote this play to highlight how rumours and talk of scandal can ruin someone without there being any truth in the accusations and shows that by believing everything you hear without getting the other side of the story is not the best thing. I think this has a great relevance in modern day journalism and politics, where the truth does not matter. ...read more.

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