Othello Analysis Essay

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Third Body: Audience Iago comes to life, becoming the director of our emotions of the play through his subtle acts of manipulation. Iago’s soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 3 reveals to the audience that deception will be a key theme in Othello. As a result of Iago’s soliloquies, for a significant portion of the play, to the audience only, is Iago’s true nature of deception, manipulation and scheming revealed. These of which, debatably, are said to be driven by betrayal and envy. Based on the understanding of dramatic irony, the words of the characters directed towards the audience take on a different meaning. This can create intense suspense or humor. As despicable as Iago is, Shakespeare has created a character that intrigues the audience. Very early on in the play, in Act 1, Scene 1 we are exposed to Iago’s true intentions towards Othello. “Though I do hate him as I do hell pains / Yet for necessity of present life / I must show out a flag and sign of love”. We learn that Iago has not one care in the world for Othello, but that he must act with all love and respect towards Othello, in…show more content…
He makes the audience an ear for his plotting, his scheming, and his meddling. He tells us what we are about to witness, and we cannot help but be amused by how successful he is in carrying out his wicked tactics, following through with his intent. For example in Iago’s soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 1, the audience discovers that Iago has plotted a devious plan against Othello. “Doth like a poisonous mineral gnaw my inwards”. Iago literally is planning to drill words of poison into Othello’s mind. However, Othello nor any of the other characters have any knowledge of this, as we still evidently see them trust Iago immensely. Even though we know what will happen and yet there is nothing we can do. All those who have grown sympathetic to Othello and the other characters, cannot help but be compelled by the sense of helplessness Iago creates for the

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