Iago's Soliloquies in Wiliam Shakespeare's Othello
Through soliloquies in the play, Iago shares his plans and thoughts
with the audience. It's through this method that the audience
discovers his intentions and motives for his actions. Until the third
act there are 3 soliloquies and in each one he shares his thoughts and
lets the audience some where into his mind. Critics have suggested
that through this confidence he shares with the audience, they become
In the first soliloquy Iago tells the audience firstly, that the only
reason he "would expend time with such a snipe" is but to use him. He
reveals throughout the first soliloquy that rank and social classes
are of extreme importance to him. Iago must live in a world of high
rank without the benefit of wealth, birth or rank and it has been
suggested that this could be a continual under lying motive for Iago.
Earlier on in the play Iago gives his first motive, his hatred for
Othello because he was not assigned a job, which was then given to
some one of less experience, Michael Cassio.
It is in the first soliloquy that Igao gives the audience his second
motive for his action, he states clear that he "hates the moor" and
his following reason as an after thought of why he might hate him. He
refers to some unknown rumour that Othello has been, "'twixt my
sheets" and, "done my office". He then shows us that he has a great
power for thinking on his feet by creating a plan from Cassio's
performance with Desdemona that he just witnessed. It could be said
that these soliloquies are a way of informing and summarising the
story to come so as to create an air of suspense in the audience.
The second soliloquy gives the audience a chance to see a small
percent of Iago's character as suddenly the rumour in the...