Othello – Themes and Examples

Othello– Styles and Examples

!.?. !? Revenge and jealousy Iago– He has been passed over for promotion, so he dislikes Othello and is envious of Cassio. He believes Othello may likewise have slept with his partner.

Due to the fact that of his jealousy and his will for revenge Iago- he manages to get Cassio dismissed but Pretends to not be interested in his job, in order to cause more problems and to stay the ‘truthful Iago’ “I admit, it is my nature’s afflict To spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy Shapes faults that are not” When talking to Othello about his suspicions of Desdemona, Iago utilizes the word “jealousy” in its basic sense of “suspicion,” This is paradoxical as Iago has in fact likewise informed the reality about himself.

We have already seen that his jealousy has made him “shape faults that are not” in Emilia; he believes that she has slept with both Othello and Cassio. Othello– jealous that Desdemona might be having an affair with Cassio Iago feeds this jealousy by warning Othello versus it Iago describes that jealousy “is the green-eyed beast which doth mock/The meat it eats; that cuckold resides in bliss.” This metaphor of jealousy symbolises jealousy as a “green eyed beast”, a beast that destroys all the good in a person.

The meat that the monster feeds symbolises person’s heart, which is destroyed by jealousy. And the monster is insatiable, always gnawing away, so that the jealous individual is never at peace. In comparison to all of this discomfort of suspicion and doubt, it’s “bliss” to just be upset. By Iago wittingly manipulating Othello to end up being suspicious of his better half’s supposed misbehavior, he lures Othello to make the jump from suspicion to anger, without pausing to figure out if the suspicion has any basis in fact. The importance of credibility

After Cassio has gotten drunk, wounded Montano, and lost his job, Iago asks him if he’s harmed. Cassio addresses that he has actually wound that can’t be recovered: “Credibility, credibility, track record! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the never-ceasing part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My track record, Iago, my track record!” The repetition of the word reputation emphasises just how much credibility deserves to Cassio, and just how much his loss of credibility cost him. This is Iago’s initial step in outlining the downfall of Michael Cassio, with the next step being the downfall of Othello.

Ironically, Iago stays a guy “of honesty and trust” acting as Cassio’s good friend, Iago attempts to console him by saying that credibility is “oft got without benefit, and lost without deserving” and that the only thing that matters is what a person thinks about himself. This is a veiled remark by Iago. He believes that both Cassio and Othello do not merit the reputations they have. Ironically contradictory to his opinions, Iago’s track record as “Honest Iago” is one of the factors Iago has the ability to manipulate the other characters so easily, they don’t recognize that Iago himself is not what he appears.

Under the pretence of being “an honest fellow” Iago craftily leads Othello into believing Cassio had an affair with Desdemona, by pretending to be incredibly reluctant to state anything bad about anybody. As part of this pretence, Iago says that he wouldn’t want to harm anyone’s reputation, because a credibility is precious “Reputation in males and female, dear my lord, is the immediate gem of their souls.” Obviously these moralistic thoughts that track record is the gem of souls, remains in stark contrast to what Iago stated to Cassio about reputation.

Iago told Cassio that track record was useless in order to make Cassio forget his sense of shame and approach Desdemona about getting his task back. Now Iago tells Othello that “reputation” is of tremendous worth, not to secure anyone’s reputation, however to plant the idea that Othello is in threat of losing his own reputation. Adjustment and Deceptiveness Iago’s manipulated other characters by pretending to be “Truthful Iago.” Iago believed that by demonstrating outwardly what he feels inwardly, he will make himself most vulnerable.

Iago mentions that he would never “use my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at” as showing how he really feels to others would tear him apart immediately. Iago likewise exclaims “I am not what I am” this is dramatic paradox since it demonstrates to the audience how Iago will manipulate and trick everybody in the near future. This juxtaposes what others think about him, they think “An honest man he is, and hates the slime that sticks on filthy deeds. This metaphor is ironic, since throughout the whole play Iago controls other characters to do as he wills by tricking them into thinking that he is an honest man. Iago continually manipulates other characters by using their weak points. This is shown when Iago persuades Cassio to consume alcohol since he knows it will cause him to lose his dignity. “I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip” Iago uses this searching metaphor to demonstrate how as soon as he utilizes Cassio’s weak points against him, he will have Cassio at his mercy.

When Othello showed up when Cassio was drunk and evaluated the circumstance he asked Iago what took place. When Iago was discussing to Othello what occurred later that night Iago states “I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth than it must do offense to Michael Cassio. Yet, I encourage myself, to speak the reality” Iago uses a hyperbole as purposeful exaggeration for the result of controling and tricking the other characters. Iago pretends that he does not wish to cause damage to Cassio, to uphold his track record as “Truthful Iago. “

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