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An Explanation About The Soliloquies In Othello, The Shakespearean Play.

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Good Morning Mr nic and fellow class mates, I have chosen a dramatised reading to perform today. In the moments before this soliloquy Iago has just finished telling Roderigo, that he should go out and make some money so he can buy gifts for the lovely Desdemona.Thus do I ever make my fool my purse:For I mine own gain'd knowledge should profane,If I would time expend with such a snipe.But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor:And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheetsHe has done my office: I know not if't be true;But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,Will do as if for surety. He holds me well;The better shall my purpose work on him.Cassio's a proper man: let me see now:To get his place and to plume up my willIn double knavery--How, how? Let's see:--After some time, to abuse Othello's earThat he is too familiar with his wife.He hath a person and a smooth disposeTo be suspected, framed to make women false.The Moor is of a free and open nature,That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,And will as tenderly be led by the noseAs asses are.I have't. It is engendered. Hell and nightMust bring this monstrous birth to the world's light.This passage is the first of Iago's soliloquies; it is located in Act1 Scene 3 lines 383 through to 405 on page 81. Of all the characters in Shakespeare's Othello, none is more complex and unknown to the audience than Iago. He is portrayed by every character as being an honest and trustworthy person. Yet, as the audience is well informed by this stage, especially after the soliloquy he appears to be quite the opposite. He's a twofaced character, honest and kind on the outside, but truly a pure evil on the inside. This passage is virtually an outline of his plan to entrap the other characters in a destructive web of lies and hatred.In the first few lines he say."Thus do I ever make my fool my purse;For I mine own gained knowledge should profane.If I would time expend with such a snipe, but for my sport and profit."These lines simply mean that he would not normally waste his time with such a fool as Roderigo, other than for his own gain and profit. And gain and profit he does, he gains Roderigo's trust at the same time as making a profit by keeping the gifts Roderigo has works hard to buy for Desdemona."I hate the Moor" is the next words spoken, and does not have any of those normal tricky Shakespearean meanings. But plainly reinforces to the audience that he is...

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