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Othello - Iago's 1st soliloquoy analysis

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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.

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