• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Othello - Iago's 1st soliloquoy analysis

Extracts from this document...


Commentary on Iago's first soliloquy: Towards the end of Act 1 in Shakespear's Othello, we come across a significant soliloquy recited by an important character in the play, Iago. Throughout the play, Shakespear has used Iago as a working force towards the plot. The whole plot of the novel revolves around this character and what he plans to do next, and this seems clear by the end of Act 1. Thus, Shakespear providing the audience with Iago's soliloquies is like giving an overview of the what is about to happen, creating a clear picture in the audiences' heads and then working towards it, and also a deep insight into Iago's character, and his point of view of how things are shaping out. Prior to Iago's first soliloquy, Iago has convinced Roderigo, who had seemed so sure of failure that he was planning on committing suicide, that he is going to get what he wants as long as he keeps paying Iago. ...read more.


In Shakepear's portrayal of the characters in the play, Iago seems to have all of the forces to be working towards him. Due to this, Iago's plan seems to be inevitable. Iago is able to derive his purpose from all the people in society. He hates Michael Cassio as he took the promotion that Iago was supposed to have, and thus in his plan he is both going to use him against the Moor and get him fired from his military status. This plan of Iago's becomes a much easier task because of Cassio's personality. Cassio, as mentioned in Iago's soliloquy, is a well mannered and handsome man, who would be the perfect man to cause jealousy and suspicion to any husband. This is seen in Iago's folloqing quote, "He hath a person and a smooth dispose To be suspected, framed to make a woman false." ...read more.


Here also, we see the character of Roderigo from the point of Iago, and he has also been used by Iago as a source of profit. The most important advantage for Iago of all, is of course his reputation among all the people. All the people in Venice ironically think of Iago as one of the most honest and loyal people in the military staff, and hence everybody respects Iago's word the most and his views the most. Due to this, Iago will be easily able to manipulate Othello. This knowledge is known to Iago as he states in his soliloquy, "He holds me well: The better shall my purpose work upon him." With all these things working in Iago's favour, it seems likely for Iago;s plan to work. Hence here Shakespeare seems to portray that all the forces are working for the evil ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. 100 plus maketing plan

    100 Plus offers a unique drinking experience to its consumers. 2.1 Market Summary Industry Analysis In 2007, the tea industry reached the $1.7 billion category and it is expected to continue growing indefinitely (Mintel2007). Market analysts believe the Cool drinks industry will continue to boom and is not expected to reach saturation level in the near future.

  2. Poetry Analysis: 'Miracle on St. David's Day' by Gillian Clarke

    David's Day. For example, "An afternoon yellow and open-mouthed with daffodils..." causes the reader to picture a bright, sunny and yellow scene - daffodils are often worn by people on St. David's Day as it is a national emblem of Wales and is in season during March (St.

  1. Othello. Shakespeare recognizes Iagos and Roderigos color prejudice as a sordid manifestation of jealousy ...

    Both Iago and Roderigo implement racial insinuations during their plot against Othello's position and reputation. Iago tells Brabantio that, "an old black ram/ is tupping your white ere," (1.i.88-89). However, these potent insults demonstrate Iago's consistent desire to reduce Othello and his actions to those of a beast, with his use of animalistic racial slurs.

  2. Wonderful Fool (Susaku Endo) Quote Analysis in Terms of Aspects of Tokyo and Japan

    In particular the author is using "cheerful voices" to set the mood of the chapter and Takamori himself. It also sets a peaceful atmosphere and symbolizes the balance which Takamori experiences. There is nothing unusual for now in his everyday life - he works 6 times a week, has lunch

  1. Honest Iago: The Master of Deception

    From this, Iago not only gains Roderigo's payment but also his constantly increasing loyalty, which will become vital in his plot. Another good example of Iago's authority is when he is able to persuade Roderigo to attack Cassio by informing him it is the only way Desdemona will remain in Cyprus.

  2. Do Characters in Othello Cause Their Own Misfortune?

    It seems as though he will do anything just to receive Iago?s consent in helping him, even though Iago doesn?t prove to be knowledgeable in the field of love.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work