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Themes in Othello

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Themes in Othello

!.?. !? Iago is a really fascinating character in the play Othello, by William Shakespeare. Iago is the antagonist in the play and he utilizes several strategies to trick and control his victims. Using imagery and metaphors and Iagos’s usage of language are his tools that he uses to control and trick people. In this essay I will be speaking about how Iago uses animal imagery to explain the relationship between Othello and his partner Desdemona and the image of toxin and how he utilizes both of the images in his language as his main weapon into manipulating Othello. Animal Imagery is utilized throughout the play especially in Act 1.

Iago makes almost all of the images. He uses this images to make himself feel much better and to also downgrade individuals he dislikes. In Act 1 where he is talking with Desdemona’s dad he explains the relationship between his child and Othello as animals having sex. This is used to provoke the daddy and make him mad, Iago informs him “child and the Moor are now making the beast with 2 backs. “(Act 1 scene 1). Iago is determined to expose Othello for the beast that he is by saying “bringing this monstrous birth to light”(Act 1 scene 3) and this usage of images is the beginning point of Iago’s evil plan to overthrow Othello.

As we see later Othello even begins using animal imagery himself. Another repeating imagery is poison. Toxin is very suitable to describe Iago since his actions and character is precisely like toxin. Iago is the method he is due to the fact that he believes Cassio and Othello had sex with his wife however it was never ever shown. Likewise since of the distinctions of class in society made him feel inferior and the apparent racial differences. This all summed up is what fuels Iago and his requirement for vengeance where he says “doth, like a dangerous mineral, chomp [his] inwards.” (Act 2 scene 1).

He uses his language and manipulation like toxin by “pour [ing] this plague into his ear”, Iago uses this poison his language on Othello to also corrupt him. This method Iago utilizes is really efficient as we see later on in the play. Othello thru the manipulation of Iago started to sort of talking like him also. We see this with using animal images, which Iago utilizes to explain the relationship in between Othello and his partner. In one scene Iago persuades Othello that his spouse is having an affair. Othello loses himself and says “goats and monkeys! (Act 4 scene 1) which is returning to what Iago said to Othello about the affair his spouse was having, how he cant capture them in the act of sex and the animal images he utilizes is” where they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys” (Act 3 scene 3). By this we see that Iago’s animal images has actually taken control of Othello’s mind. Another moment where Othello begins to act and talk like Iago is when Othello comprises his mind to eliminate his wife. As I point out earlier Iago resembles toxin and whomever he talks too he contaminates them with this poison.

The moment where Iago has got Othello and completely persuaded him that his better half was having an affair the first technique of killing his partner ironically is poison but Iago tells him to strangle her. With these 2 imageries and metaphors we see how Othello modifications from the start of the play to very similar attributes of Iago. To conclude the use of images and metaphors in the play made by Shakespeare provides a more in-depth look and impact of the characters. It likewise produces a much better understanding of the play and what’s going on. It highlights the various styles in the play like race and of course jealousy.

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