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Why does Iago hate Othello and Cassio?

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Why does Iago hate Othello and Cassio? Shakespeare portrays hatred, revenge, jealousy and mutiny in this very first scene by his clever use of vocabulary and imagery. It also has a dramatic impact with the introduction focusing on the character of Iago, and sowing the audience how Iago's character really is. We are made aware of how much Iago hates Othello because of Shakespeare's illustration of Animal Imagery and Racism. All these examples form a picture of loath and antagonism. Iago's hatred towards Othello is apparent when he helps Roderigo attempt to foil Othello's marriage to Desdemona. He goes about this by announcing it to her father, Brabantio, using animal imagery: - "Even now, now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe" (Act 1, Scene 1, line 85-86) ...read more.


Shakespeare continues to sow the seeds of hate and jealousy with in Iago. Iago also has heard rumours that Othello has been sleeping with Emilia, Iago's wife, and this also contributes to his anger regarding Othello: - "I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that t'wixt my sheets H'as done my office." (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 381-383) Language is Iago's greatest weapon and Iago enjoys using it to manipulate people. Sometimes it does not even benefit him. The repetition of the spitting 's' and 'st' sounds all contribute to Iago's bitterness. Almost everyone is part of Iago's conspiracy. Iago is using Roderigo for money and it also fits into his hate for Othello. ...read more.


This is because Othello had promoted Cassio to lieutenant over Iago, even though Cassio hasn't been in battle, ever! Cassio was only chosen since he was an arithmetician and may be useful in battle plans. This is the main motive for Iago's hatred, jealousy and spite to Cassio: - "One Michael Cassio, a Florentine, (A fellow almost damned in a fair wife) That never set a squadron in the field," (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 17-19) All these quotes show Iago as an evil, counter-plotting character. Shakespeare's language effectively passes on the message that the actors are trying to get across and makes the play more exciting and makes the audience tense. This type of blank verse is called iambic pentametre. It is used well within in speeches of all sizes and makes them more dramatic. TIMIR KEMP ...read more.

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