'othello' By William Shakespere. Explore The Character And Role Of Iago In 'othello', Focusing Particularly On His Dramatic Impact In Act 3 Scene 3.

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PEOPLE: I got an A* for this essay, in england that's the highest you can get but i'm only 15 so it may not be that amazing.The play ?Othello?, written in the 17th century by William Shakespeare is a tragic play involving romance, love, murder and deceit. Iago, one of the main characters, other than Othello, is very conniving and egotistical. He is very sly in his ways and he will do anything to be more powerful, not caring about whom he hurts in the process. He tells Othello lies about Desdemona and includes Cassio. Roderigo and Emilia in his plotting. Everything goes according to plan until Emilia says in front of everyone that she stole the handkerchief to give to Iago. That is when Iago?s control of events slip and the ensuing deaths reflect the tragic genre.A trait of the tragedy genre is that the tragedy is foreseeable. In Iago?s soliloquies, he lets the audience into his evil schemes,?to abuse Othello?s ear that he is too familiar with his wife?,?I?ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip?make the Moor thank me, love me and reward me for making him egregiously an ass,?and,?two things are to be done. My wife must more for Cassio to her mistress ? I?ll set her on. Myself the while to draw the Moor apart and bring him jump when he may Cassio find soliciting with his wife,?In addition, he says; ?this is the night that either makes me, or fordoes me quite.? These occasional soliloquies informing the audience have a dramatic effect as they can see the way Iago?s plotting evolves without suspicion around the other characters. When Iago says, ?with as little web as this will I snare a great a fly as Cassio,? he uses imagery to make the audience envisage he is like a puppet master holding all the stings with Othello, Cassio, Roderigo, Desdemona and Emilia vulnerably hanging at the end.Iago is part of a tradition of ?Machiavellian? stage villains. Machiavellian villains glory in their lack of idealism and manipulation skills. They speak resentfully and often coarsely. They seem to enjoy revealing to the audiences in their soliloquies the evil scheming that underlies their masks of virtue. Iago expresses his expedient philosophy, ?I never found a man that knew how to love himself,? and regards characters whom are more open, virtuous and trusting than him with contempt:?the Moor is of free and open nature that thinks men honest but seem to be so and will as tenderly be led by the nose, as asses are.?Iago has many characteristics, all shameless. He hates women, and this misogyny is one of the many reasons why he hates Othello ? because Othello has a wife who he loves profoundly. Although Iago does have a wife of his own, he treats her with very little respect. Iago is sceptical about love, which he sees in vulgar sexual terms, he uses bestial imagery when he says to Brabantio, ?you?ll have your daughter covered with Barbary horse, you?ll have your nephews neigh to you, you?ll have coursers for cousins and jennets for germans? and describes sex as ?making...

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