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    Is Iago The Perfect Villain?

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    The fact that Iago is the only character to mention Othello's skin colour is also signs of one of his weakness- the fact that he is blinded by stereotypes. This character trait is explored further by Shakespeare in Iago's soliloquies. The play Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragedy's, ending in a dramatic, breathtaking climax. The proud, noble and trustworthy character of Othello promotes his young solder Cassio ahead of his more experienced ally Iago, setting off a chain of events which eventually ends with the demise of Othello, his young wife Desdemona and Iago himself.

    • Word count: 3541
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    How does Shakespeare use language and stagecraft to show Othello's changing feelings towards Dedemona throughout Othello

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    They show the character's feelings, and how happy Othello and Desdemona are to see each other. Shakespeare has also repetitively used the word "my", which shows Othello and Desdemona's possessiveness of each other, and how they feel they belong to each other. Repetition is used throughout the scene, with the frequently used word "content" showing how happy Othello is with his life at the time. "Great is my content... content so absolute... enough of this content" He is showing how happy with his life and his love for Desdemona.

    • Word count: 3339
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    What is the significance of Iagos Soliloquies in Othello?

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    He is often referred to in the play as 'honest Iago' and is very duplicitous. Iago is a Machiavellian villain and amoral as he is completely unaware of right and wrong. He is also an opportunist and takes advantage of people's weaknesses. There is a clear distinction between Othello and Iago. The audience are able to tell that Othello is the hero. The typical hero has to have a considerate amount of heroic qualities, such as being brave, noble and loyal, which Othello is. Iago on the other hand, who is the villain, has to be perceptive, manipulative, clever and selfish.

    • Word count: 4235

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