Discuss Shakespeare 's Use of Imagery in Othello to Reveal Character A lack of empathy makes for a true villain. In Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, the nature of Iago’s character is revealed through the use of animal, plant, and devil imagery. Iago is revealed to view others as less than him, manipulating them with a lack of conscience, and having a desire for the destruction of others. The imagery enforces his role as the villain of the play, one who manipulates others for his own self interest. Firstly, Shakespeare uses animal imagery to show that Iago views others as less than him.
Similar to using Othello’s fear of Desdemona cheating, Iago uses Brabantio’s fear of his daughter marrying a black man to encourage conflict between him and Othello. Even Though Othello kept his composure throughout his entire encounter with Brabantio, he was later affected by the words uttered by Brabantio: “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see/She has deceived her father, and may thee”(1.3.333-334). Although, at the time Othello thought little of what Brabantio said, it may have had some effect on his actions throughout the latter half of the play such as, killing Desdemona. Through, Iago’s cunning intelligence he was able to manipulate people to stir up conflict and further his
In Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago deceives others, mainly Othello and Roderigo, due to his desire for revenge, an improved reputation, and power. Throughout the play, Iago uses his desire for revenge to deceive others, like Othello. Iago’s desire for revenge shows when he states, “For “Certes,” says he, / “I have already chose my officer.”/ And what was he?/ Forsooth, a great arithmetician, / One Michael Cassio, a Florentine” (1.1.17-21). Othello’s choice reveals Iago’s jealousy of Cassio earning the position which fuels Iago’s desire for revenge on not only Othello, but also on Cassio. Another time Iago deceives someone to build up his plan is when he tells Roderigo, “When she is sated with his/ body she will find the errors of
Not only is this for the audience to understand that his words are kept to himself, but for him to be alone on stage parallels the devil’s solidarity in Hell. The ease which comes with performing his plots is purely second nature and part of his identity because he is one with the devil. Part of Iago’s transfer of evil to cause disorder is when he fully intends to spark Othello’s jealousy in love. The telling of Iago to Othello that Desdemona laid “naked with her friend in bed” plants a devil inside Othello’s brain (4.1.5). The devil continues to haunt Othello and causes him to act without reason, like an animal with no conscience.
193- 195) Brabantio try to recapture his daughter from the thief for the last time. So he went to Senate for doing that and referring to Othello as “a foul thief” (1.2.62) and his daughter as a property that is “stolen from me and corrupted.” (1.3.61) According to this sentence, it is clear that we were in patriarchal society on Shakespeare’s time and consider women as man’s
Immediately after this, we see Roderigo falter and acquiesce without question to Iago’s directive. Subsequently, Brabantio accuses Othello of using “drugs or minerals” (1.3.73) to abuse Desdemona’s young mind and marry her. Here, one does not see an extension of the metaphorical disease; rather, one sees
To answer this question, we must look towards Venice’s inherent construals and so I will argue that the tragedy is made possible by Othello 's racial identity, which thus explains how Iago is able to trick the citizens of Venice so easily by capitalizing on Othello 's status as an eternal outsider. Venice’s opinion on Othello is quite blatant and manifests physically when looking at the character of Desdemona’s father, Brabantio. As someone who holds an important role in Venetian society, Brabantio is the epitome of the Venetian mindset wherein Othello’s character is judged not by his actions, but his race. When initially hearing his daughter had been stolen away by the Moor, Brabantio flies into outrage, declaring Othello must be captured for corrupting Desdemona and be subdued
In Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello is the first one to feel the impact of this monster. Unlike Iago we see jealousy slowly grow upon Othello. This jealousy takes a toll on who Othello truly is as a person and shapes him into something he’d never imagine being. The Impact of jealousy and Envy isn’t only felt by the main character Othello but also Rodrigo, Iago, and Brabantio. Rodrigo suffers from the impacts of jealousy as he envy’s Othello because Desdemona loves Othello and not him.
This quote is only one of many quotes that expresses Iago’s true feelings about Othello. “A maiden never bold; of spirit so still and quiet that her motion blush’d at herself; and she - in spite of nature, of years, of country, credit, every thing - to fall in love with what she fear’d to look on! It is a judgement maim’d and most imperfect, that will confess perfection so could err against all rules of nature; and must be driven to find out practices of cunning hell.” - Brabantio, Act 1, Scene