Act One Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Othello

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Act One Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Othello

Referring to the passage in page 155, I have analysed several points

in conjunction to background knowledge, in attempt to answer the task

set above. Initially, I feel that it is very important to relate to

the character of Iago. As a character, Iago has the potential to be a

man of extreme power but he does not have the tool that we refer to as

money. All that he has is ambition; and he remains malcontent until he

attains his aspirations. He pretends to be doing tasks but refrains

from them, showing us a strong sense of corruption. The most important

role that he plays is that of an extreme racist, words like "black

ram", "moor", "thick-lipped", "devil", "animal". These are cheap

weapons. He has to use race as an excuse as he knows that Othello is

greater than him in all aspects. The passage that I am studying in Act

1 Scene 3, refers to his characteristics. Iago's relationships are

dysfunctional, he does not care about what he says; nor does he care

about anyone else's feelings. Iago has many reasons for.

Iago has many reasons for acting the way he does, his reasons may not

be right or logical but he believes in them so strongly that he is

willing to oppose people in the process of completing them. His entire

motives stem from one thing and that is jealousy. All of his motives

are due to this single feeling. His revenge comes from wanting to

avenge the people he is jealous of. In his quest for revenge he uses

Roderigo for money and the strangest reason of all, he seems to enjoy

what he is doing, shows his cunningness as he is able to use

corruption as a form of leisure.

In t...

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...hakespeare much earlier. In the opening scenes in

act 1, it is evident that Roderigo is the less cunning character and

is never in control of the situation. The two inform Brabantio of

Othello's relationship with his daughter. These events show signs of

deceit and envy.

Having analysed Act 1 Scene 3 and various previous passages, I feel

that Iago is on the verge of becoming a psychopath. I have studied in

detail the reasons for Iago disliking Othello and how Shakespeare's

literary craft has made Iago the villain that he is. These passages

show us that someone can become so obsessed with an issue that they

become disturbed. He has his motives from the very start of the play

and as it graduates, he develops them…"I have't, it is engendered!

Hell and night. Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's

light…".
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