How does Shakespeare use representation of speech and other dramatic techniques to convey Iago’s feelings towards Othello in the extract and in one other episode elsewhere in the play?
Shakespeare presents Iago’s feelings towards `Othello in the play, through numerous images and explicit lexical choices. In addition to the printed extract, I will look at the last part of Iago’s soliloquy at the end of Act 1.
In this text, Iago recounts a story as to why he detests Othello. He recalls when Othello passed him over promotion for the position of lieutenant. He sarcastically describes Othello as pompous, “Loving his own pride and purposes”, as he used military language to deliver the message that he has already chosen another man. “Horribly stuffed with epithets of war”. The rhetorical question Iago’s uses, “And what was he?” Prepares him to delve further into why he despises Othello. Iago believes that Othello has greatly misjudged choosing “Michael Cassio”, over him, as Cassio is a “Mere prattle without practice”.