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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.

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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.

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    How and why does Othello's character change during the course of the play? How does Shakespeare present this dramatically?

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    This humorous comment breaks the tense atmosphere and relaxes the viewers' thoughts on the situation. Shakespeare is clearly trying to show Othello's confidence and self-control as strangers approach him. This annoys Brabantio, as he feels attacked by Othello with only a witty remark. He follows on, threatening Othello and insulting him. Instead of reacting violently, he maintains his dignity by staying composed and making another smart statement, "Hold your hands, both you of my inclining and the rest. Were it my cue to fight, I should have known it without a prompter." With all his quick replies to Brabantio's arguments, Othello is gaining more and more power over Brabantio and his officers.

    • Word count: 2254
  4. Peer reviewed

    Why Act 3, Scene 3 is a significant turning point in Othello

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    He is regarded as a trusted general of Venice, and fights for his people with determination and pride. After his secret elopement with Desdemona, a wealthy senator's daughter, Othello has created a lot of anger and discredited himself, but he manages to maintain his dignified image, claiming "I fetch my life and being from men of royal siege", thus equalling himself to the noble senators. When challenged to a duel by the furious Brabantio, Othello ensures that the dispute will be settled by words and not fisticuffs, commanding "put up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them".

    • Word count: 1970
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    Iago is fascinating for his most terrible characteristic: his utter lack of convincing motivation for his actions.

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    Thus making him both a powerful and compelling figure. He seems to be the puppeteer of all the other characters in the play, almost knowing what they think and feel and how they operate. He is the one that they trust and confide in and he uses this to his advantage, he enjoys being the one in control and therefore doesn't need much to convince himself that what he is doing is right. Iago is able to take the handkerchief from Emilia and know that he can deflect her questions; he is able to tell Othello of the handkerchief and know that Othello will not doubt him.

    • Word count: 1884
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    Imagery in Othello

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    Iago's main agenda is to ruin the life of Othello, his master and general, and he achieves this by blackening and poisoning people's minds with his power of persuasion. Poison is a recurring image in the play and it first appears near the beginning of the play, where Iago and Roderigo go to inform Senator Brabantio that Othello has married his daughter, the fair Desdemona, and Iago most certainly goes in order to blacken Brabantio's idea of Othello. 'Call up her father...Plague him with flies,' (I, i, 68-71).

    • Word count: 1026
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    Explore Shakespeare's presentation of jealousy in 'Othello'

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    However unlike Othello, Iago has a different forms of jealousy he holds; the form of personal and professional jealousy. This is linked to a feeling of envy which sets the play in motion. Iago says that hatred and jealousy "gnaw at his inwards" like poison, however his ultimate aim is to poison Cassio and Othello and make them suffer as he is. He believes that he has been "cuckolded," by his wife Emilia "For I fear Cassio with my nightcap too." However we are never told if Iago' suspicions are true yet jealousy seems to absorb him until he has destroyed everything in his way.

    • Word count: 1165

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