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Imagery In The Play "Othello" By William Shakespeare

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Imagery in the play "Othello" by William Shakespeare is to intensify characterization and define the meaning of the play. In Othello, the use of animal imagery is used multiple times by Iago to describe the relationships between humans, especially of Desdemona and Othello. Shakespeare describes the characters actions by comparing them to the similarities in animals and having animal-like qualities. By doing this readers can get an idea of what the character is doing or saying. Animal imagery was a strong device used in Othello because it helped make certain points in the play.
The first use of animal imagery was in Act One when Iago tells Desdemona's father that Othello has taken his ...view middle of the document...

" (II.iii.286-287). Cassio was explaining to Iago that if he went to now to speak with him, Othello would call him a drunk because he had been drinking all night. Shakespeare's animal imagery in this paragraph helps to understand Cassio's grief of having too many questions and not enough answers. By comparing the Hydra, to Cassio explained how Cassio's grief would be lifted if he had more mouths to explain what he had to say all at the same time.
In Act Three Iago tries to manipulate yet another character in the play. This time he told Othello of an affair that Cassio and Desdemona were having. As Iago sees them greet each other, he says to himself, “He takes her by the palm. Ay, well said; whisper. With as little a web as this will in ensnare as great a fly as Cassio.” (II.i.163-5) Iago calls Cassio a great fly because of how noble Cassio is and the web he is about all of the lies that Iago will involve Cassio in.
Later in the play when Othello and Desdemona were fighting in the room, and Othello hit her in the mist of the argument they were engaged in. As the argument continued, Othello said to her, “If that the earth...

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