Essay heading: Analysis of Othello and Iago in Act 1

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Shakespeare

 

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Gemma Reid

 

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July 1, 2009

 

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This is a very different character to what we expect from Iago’s preparation for the introduction of Othello. Where we are expecting an angry and possibly violent character, we instead are met with something completely surprising, a quiet and calm man who dismisses Roderigo’s insult and even avoids the prospect of a conflict...
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His personified language ‘greedy ear’ (1.3.148) also allows us to form the opinion that due to the way Othello uses language, he is a very exaggerated and boastful character. Instead of having a character describe Iago for the audience, Shakespeare allows Iago to paint his own character portrait. Although Iago starts off as a somewhat passive character he soon shows himself to be the villain of the play; although Iago isn’t your conventional “villain” and is instead can be seen as a far more complex character, this self exposing feature of Iago also helps us as an audience to prepare ourselves to be sympathetic towards Othello...
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