Othello 10 Essay

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It has been said that Iago, despite his scheming behavior and complete manipulation of others, is seen by the audience as the most interesting and vibrant character in Othello. One reason for this is because the audience is never quite sure what to expect next. Because Iago is a great manipulator, he successfully keeps the audience in suspense. He is also very deceiving and cannot be trusted, unbeknownst to the other characters of the play.One manner in which Iago keeps the audience in suspense is that he never reveals all of his plans for the other characters of the play. He informs them piece by piece by not divulging the entire truth. He only discloses what is necessary to maintain their interest and further the plot of the play. An example of such is "As for Iago, he is so courteous in his behavior and apparently so anxious to believe the best of his captain's wife that there is no reason whatever for Othello to suspect him." This proves to the audience that he is a master of suspense. Another example is found within one of Iago's soliloquies. He informs the audience that he will be using Roderigo to help ensnare the Moor in a trap, but does not reveal how.Which thing to do If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trace For his quick hunting, stand the putting on I'll have our Michael Cassio on the hip Abuse him to the Moor in the right garb.(Shakespeare, II, i, 302-06) These are but a few of the ways that Iago manages to keep the audience involved in the plot of his diabolical scheme.Iago is also a very deceitful character. He will always tell the characters one of two things:...

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