Examples Of Manipulation In Othello

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Shakespeare has written dozens of plays throughout his lifetime, including The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice. He incorporates different literary devices to highlight the major themes in the play. The themes in Othello include race, manipulation, jealousy, and appearance vs. reality. Shakespeare uses animal imagery, metaphors, and irony to emphasize the theme of manipulation in Othello by altering the way characters perceive each other. Shakespeare uses animal imagery to emphasize the theme of manipulation by using Iago to shape the way Brabantio feels about Othello. When Iago confronts Brabantio about Desdemona being with Othello, he says, “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe,” (I.i.97-8). By comparing…show more content…
When Othello had to go defend Cyprus, he left Iago in charge to get Desdemona there safely and says, “A man he is of honesty and trust.To his conveyance I assign my wife, with what else needful your good Grace shall think to be sent after me,” (I.iii.323-6). Othello says Iago is honest and trustworthy, which is ironic because he’s the opposite. The readers know that his plan is to get back at Othello so Shakespeare uses dramatic irony. Iago builds up all this trust for Othello so he thinks he’s loyal. He even asks Iago to take care of his wife which shows Othello really trusts Iago. But Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to convey that Iago is going to manipulate him and betray him in the future. When Cassio is drunk and fights Montano, they cause a big scene and Othello asks Iago what happened. Iago downplays everything and Othello doesn’t buy it because he says, “I know, Iago, thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, making it light to Cassio. Cassio, I love thee, but never more be officer of mine,” (II.iii.261-5). Both Othello and Cassio believe Iago is a good man and doesn’t want to hurt either of them, but it’s just part of Iago’s plan. He’s going to be nice to both of them and then destroy them in the future for revenge. Iago uses irony to manipulate both of them. After Cassio ruins his reputation, he is unsure if he can make amends with Othello. Iago reassures him that everything will be okay and he’ll help Cassio with anything. Cassio says, “I humbly thank you for ‘t. I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest,” (III.i.42-5). Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to show Iago's manipulation because the readers know that Iago is pretending to help Cassio to build trust with him, but Iago will eventually betray him. It shows the manipulation process Iago goes through. He builds up trust with someone, then turns around and stabs them in the

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