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Dialogue And Soliloquy In Understanding Iago

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Dialogue and Soliloquy in Understanding Iago

Shakespeare’s Iago is a very sophisticated and unpredictable
character. He is part vice and is a very deceitful and evil character.
We see him as a character who tempts mankind into performing devilish
conducts. This is why he is almost certainly known as inherently evil.
There is a suggestion that Shakespeare’s Iago is a cold-blooded
creature because of motiveless plots, but we are however offered a
number of reasons for his plots and plans. Like many Shakespearean
villains, he is quick to improvise and he carries out his evil
procedures using materials he has at hand.

Iago is known to sharing certain characteristics with Richard III,
though he was more violent, Don John in the comedy Much Ado Nothing
and Claudius in Hamlet.

Shakespare sought to create mere than simply an embodiment of evil,
designed merely as a counterbalance to moral values attributed to
Desdemona.

In Act 1.3.333, as the reader and audience, Shakespear has made very
clear of how Iago and Roderigo differ in personal quailities. The
characters leave, leaving Roderigo and Iago alone, so the Act is
framed by these two characters, and much has transpired since the
original meeting of these two. Roderigo is in fact further away from
Desdemona, but Iago gives him hope, suggesting that affairs may change
in Cyprus. Iago still needs to use Roderigo and he successfully
persuades him away from suicide and back to the role of his instrument
of evil. Rodergio is distraught about the relationship
between Othello and Desemona; his language is simple and clear, “It
cannot be”. This simpilcity of language shows his feelings and his
lack of hope and vulnerbility to Iago.

Although Roderigo may seem a minor character in comparision to Iago,
he fulfils a vital funnction in its central action; he illuminates
Iago’s character and method. Roderigo’s lack of awareness of the
confidence which Iago places in him makes him something of a comic
figure, who commands little of our sympathy.

While Roderigo’s reaction to the news of Othello and Desemona is
calm, in control and no hope, we see Iago’s reaction is quite the
opposite and tries to manipulate him not to supress him anger but use
it in a filthy revengeful way. His explaination for the falling
between Othello and Desemona is that “it is merely a lust of the blood
and a permission of the will”; this is evidence of the lack of respect
and belief in love Iago has. Iago reduces everything to the barest
physical and material terms. Love is merely "a lust of the blood and a
permission of the will;" The noble passion of Othello and Desdemona is
no more than a black old man’s lust for a young white girl. He even
suspicions that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia. He continues
to lay his plan for destroying his...

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