Conversation Of Jealousy And Irony In Shakespeare's Othello

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Through Shakespeare’s usage of characterization, irony, and tone evident in the conversation between Iago and Othello of act three, the most notable theme- the relationship between reality and external appearance- becomes more conspicuous. The characterization within the antagonist Iago proves to be the driving force throughout the play as he is whom successfully drove the protagonist Othello away from the reality and into Iago’s own path. In act three scene three, Iago triumphs in planting the idea to Othello that Desdemona is not being faithful. In lines 166-168, Iago says “O beware, my lord, of jealousy...,” which is evident that Iago uses false emotions to be persuasive to convincing Othello of desdemona’s infidelity. In reality, Iago cared less of Othello’s wellness and would not wish him any good as he did by that line. Iago also has referred to Othello as a “beast” numerous times throughout the play and it is ironic that he is addressing Othello as “lord.” This all shows Iago being a two- sided figure as when he is in communication with Othello, he would praise and give “friendly suggestions” but when not, referring to Othello negatively. Iago acts upon convenience. Furthermore, Iago furthers attempts to convince Othello of…show more content…
This statement basically translates to “Men should be what they appear to be. If they’re not honest, they shouldn’t pretend like they are!” and it is an absolute hypocrisy for Iago to make such an argument because that is exactly what is he is doing with Othello. Iago is merely manipulating the other characters’ good nature and using his reputation as “Honest Iago” to avoid being conspicuous. It is so typical of Iago to make sure a comment which absolutely describes his motives but covers it to appear have some moral conscious.”

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