Othello Essay.

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Othello is a play about a black 'noble moor' having the perfect marriage'. This perfect marriage, however, is destroyed by another mans deception and trickery. The mans motives are unclear but through planting the seeds of suspicion into the moors mind his marriage dies and in its place jealousy and anger grows to the point of death.Iago starts off as a passive character in his series of suggestions that generally speaks in a polite manor as more of an acquaintance than a friend. Even early on he seems to present himself as a friend, in an attempt to gain Othello's trust, however. He does this by saying to Othello 'You were best go in'. This makes Othello think that Iago is a friend trying to help. This shows us that Iago plans develop early on to destroy Othello's marriage. When he has established the moors trust however he begins to make much more direct comments but are still subtle enough to make Othello think Iago is simply trying to make these comments as a concerned friend. An example of this is when Iago says 'the cuckold lives in bliss'. Which simply makes Othello consider the possibility of Desdemona being unfaithful. Iago increases the intensity of accusations until he effectively is dictating the method of killing Desdemona.'Do it not with poison, strangle her in her bed,Even the bed she hath contaminated.'Even at this point though he does not reveal his villainous intentions by suggestion himself to not kill Desdemona. This simply means that Iago is practically innocent, as he has not physically done anything. When Iago does this though he makes suggestions that plant images in Othello's mind that make him picture the situation from an angle he has never thought of before. An example of this is when Iago poses the question is a kiss wrong and then says,Or naked in with her friend in bed,An hour, or more, not meaning any harm?When he says this he is obviously referring to Cassio and Desdemona. This makes him picture it though and asks himself questions like if this is really possible. Then when Iago asks questions if this wrong Othello asks himself if Desdemona being in bed with another man is wrong. He already knows the answer to this though which angers Othello and makes him jealous.Iago does not seem to have a fixed plan throughout the play though as he shows an unexpecting response to the sequence of events that unfolds this can be seen when Iago steals the handkerchief, as he makes up the scheme when he takes the handkerchief from Emilia. This is probably because Iago is walking on thin ice, as one crack by someone finding out one of schemes will cause him to fall and everyone to find out his 'cruel intentions'. This situation means Iago has to very careful not to provoke Othello's suspicions. To do this he often agrees Desdemona is not unfaithful which makes Iago look even more innocent.Iago develops a relationship with Othello by always referring to him as an important person and in a higher position than himself. Examples of...

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