Essay heading: Othello - Iago

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Iago has no respect for integrity and consequently, has no respect for Othello. This is obvious in his reference to Othello as an "ass" which can "tenderly be led by th' nose." (Act 1, Scene 3, 390-393) The Moor is of a free and open nature That thinks men honest that but seem to be so; And will as tenderly be led by th' nose As asses are...
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There are several examples in this soliloquy. One example is when he refers to Cassio being a "proper" man. Proper means handsome in this context. Being handsome is positive but Iago will use Cassio's handsomeness to evoke jealousy in Othello. Women are attracted to Cassio. Already amazed Desdemona "chose him," a large, black scarred man, not conventionally handsome at all, it will be easy to convince Othello that Desdemona might be attracted to Cassio...
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