Examples Of Imagery In Othello

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In Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the imagery of light and dark and animals in the Act I showcases the premiere theme of opposites, and the underlying scheme of Iago’s plan. Iago’s move, “I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter; and the Moor are now making beast with two backs” (I.i.xx), is his approach catch Brabantio’s attention with a vivid description on his beloved daughter’s whereabouts and target his emotional state. Furthermore, Iago’s statement, “Zounds, sir, you’re robb’d; for shame, put on / your gown / your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul; / even now, now, very now, an old ram / is topping your white ewe. Arise, arise / awake the snorting citizens with the bell, /or else the devil will make a grandsire…show more content…
Iago compares Othello and Desdemona to a ewe and the latter to a ram, and the colors linked with each animal has substantial significance. The color black gives the connotation of an object as being dark, evil, fear; and with that association to Othello, Iago wants tarnish Othello’s image. On the other hand, associating white to Desdemona makes her appear pure and serene. Iago’s comparison is to show just how drastically unfit the two are; and Iago’s last mention of waking the citizens is to expose as much of this to the public and instigate Brabantio even more. Moreover, Iago’s next effort, “Because we come to/ do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll / have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse; / you’ll have your nephews neigh to you; you’ll have / coursers for cousins and gennets for germans” (I.i.xx), Iago goes more into depth on how offensive Othello and Desdemona’s relationship by instilling the notion that pure Desdemona is being savaged by mentioning the Barbary horse, well-known in the Arab world. In addition, this attempt by Iago is also setting up a foundation or reasoning of trust with Brabantio, therefore hopefully, Brabantio will believe the previous sets words Iago and consequently, with enough provocation, will act out against the two

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