In particular, Othello, the hero and protagonist of this play is targeted by a cunning villain, Iago who creates turmoil and anger in Othello 's career and relationship with his beloved, Desdemona. Throughout the play, Iago exhibits extraordinary organizational skills and the ability to strategically use language to deceive many characters, including Othello, Desdemona, Michael Cassio, and Roderigo. Hence, Iago is able to persuade Othello as he has his total trust, attention and interest. The timing of events here is very important. Together, Iago and Roderigo schemed each other and everyone around them to get their way to what they wanted the most.
But in Othello, language is not simply the medium by which the drama is conveyed: in this play language is action. He is an introspective man and the character who most recognizes the power of language as something that can either revive or destroy, depending on how it is interpreted. The Beast with Two Backs In Act I, scene 1, Iago, an expert troublemaker, tells Brabantio that his daughter is making the 'beast with two backs' and has run away with Othello, who is a soldier and a friend of Brabantio. Leading up to Act 3 Scene 3, Iago has managed to lower Cassio's rank. Personification helps the audience connect with how upset Othello is, but it also allows Othello to separate himself from the actions he intends to do. He believes what Iago tells him so strongly that he compromises his close relationship with his best friend and his love for his wife.
The prophesy of the old Egyptian woman to Othello's mother in regards to the handkerchief Othello gave to Desdemona also becomes Othello's reality, even though Desdemona did not actually give it away. While gruesome, being threatened causes one to take drastic actions to protect oneself. However, there are other factors that influence what we do. In the play, Iago has relied on language to manipulate, but now it has deserted him because his plotting is revealed by he wife, whom he treats so badly. Then Othello calls upon the angel of patience to see what he sees and become angry too:.
Timeline Literary Analysis : Othello Act 3 Scene 3 By: Kathy, Melinda, Kyle and Anthony This is the scene that kick starts the play in terms of Othello becoming corrupted by Iago. He was in great control earlier in the play with the fight with Cassio and Roderigo, but now he has lost his dignity and is disjointed. Through his eyes, is their relationship one of love or lust? His skill in finding the proverbial chinks in others' armor allows him to skillfully weave his machinations of destroying Othello into their minds and actions; by manipulating character's perceptions of Desdemona, Iago gains the leverage he needs to exploit each character. Vengeance is someone that lives in a cell and can be called on. Through his persuasive and manipulative nature he seems to be a friend to all.
Iago begins with a few questions and statements and shows Othello a reluctance to make explicit inferences of them. Shakespeare shows this by using syntax. This causes Othello to think the worst and thus arouses doubt and suspicion in his mind. Again being ironic, he also says that he will give an account of he used to win Desdemona's heart. Right from the beginning Shakespeare is trying to hide the importance of Iago.
However, such extreme misogyny is the preserve of villains in Jacobean drama, suggesting that they, and Iago, overstep the mark. Yet earlier Iago tells us it is Cassio who 'takes her by the palm' 2. When Othello returns, Iago tells him that he stayed with Cassio recently and he was shouting out 'sweet Desdemona and cursed fate that gave thee to the Moor? If bears can lose their most maternal instincts for self-protection, how easy is betrayal among friendships. The Green-Eyed Monster Both Iago and Othello use figurative language to describe emotions. If he could succeed in making Othello jealous of Cassio, he thinks it would be an 'exquisite' revenge, and may end in the death of Cassio or Othello, or both; he does not care. Unlike many of the other characters in the play, Hamlet understands fully his skill with words and language and he uses this, above all, to achieve his ends.
Additonal reading and media resources for can be found under Folger's tab. For example, the phrase 'down in the dumps' paints a picture of someone being in a dump, which is not usually a very pleasurable place to be! Also, by telling Roderigo what to do and not asking him, Iago is forcing him to do it by not giving him any other options. The students in each group should take careful notes of their findings not only because they will be expected to share their findings with the rest of the class, but also because at the play's end they may write a short essay on the honesty of their group's character see , below. He makes Brabantio imagine two people having sex. Iago and Roderigo go to the house of Brabantio, a senator and Desdemona's father. Without these beautifully crafted words spoken by Iago, both internally and externally, none of these tragic exploits would have ever happened.
The context in which this play is set in is a patriarchal society. The idea expressed here is that he is always speaking but is not using language to his benefit—even when it is in supplication to God. He uses words relating to hell. Iago uses demeaning animal imagery to express his thoughts towards the end of Act I. Then Othello leaves Iago to speak to Desdemona he is slightly irritated and suspicious. Not only that, but by describing jealousy as a monster, Iago is pointing out that it's something that can't be controlled.