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Iago's Jealousy And Figurative Language In Othello

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Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s classic plays which centres on two main characters, the villainous and manipulative Iago, and the powerful yet insecure Othello. Throughout the play, it is Iago’s goal to ruin Othello’s life which turns in to a constant battle for him. In the play, Othello is blinded by the manipulation of Iago, thus showing Othello’s jealousy and Iago’s manipulation, then causing him to commit a series of wrong acts. It is evident that throughout the play Iago uses his persuasive powers and figurative language to effect Othello’s mood and personality. It all started when Iago was hopeful to get the title of Lieutenant from Othello, who he graciously looked up to. Iago became furious of the fact that Othello chose Cassio who was an unqualified man for the position Iago dreamed of. This was the spark that lit Iago to start an elaborate plan to ruin Othello. Iago intended to get Othello in as much trouble as he…show more content…
i. 192-193). Iago mentions this to remind us that, it’s his honour to destroy Othello’s happiness. Furthermore, Iago is using more figurative devices here he uses musical imagery, just like you loosen the pegs on an instrument, Iago is going to loosen the relationship between Othello and Desdemona. As we approach the middle of the play, we begin to notice Othello’s characteristics with weaknesses and insecurities. As he takes reference to this comment: “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not Chaos is come again.” (III. iii. 90-92). Othello comments indicate that if their relationship does not work with Desdemona, everything will turn into chaos. This exhort shows little confidence in Othello. Othello is in constant need for reassurance from Desdemona. At this point, Iago takes advantage of this opportunity to take advantage of him, indicated in the following
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