Othello Notes

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“I follow him to serve my turn upon him”(IagoDeception/Manipulation)| EthosDramatic irony| Iago is saying that he is loyal, honest and portrays the concept of ‘your wish is my demand’ but the audience knows his true intentions| “I know my price, I am worth no worse a place”(IagoJealousy)| Ethos| Iago is jealous that Cassio was promoted and that he is going to be a low-status forever| “The moor is of free and open nature”(IagoDeception/Manipulation)“Make the Moor thank me, love me , and reward me”(IagoDeception/Manipulation)| Dialogue| These two quotes plot the scheme against Othello and Cassio. Iago is jealous that both Othello and Cassio are living a blissful life with beautiful women. This as a result of their high status, causing rage for Iago| “I know, Iago thy honesty and love...”(CassioDeception/Manipulation)“O, that’s an honest fellow”(DesdemonaDeception/Manipulation)| EthosDramatic Irony| This ‘honest Iago’ label has had a universal effect as shown in these two quotes by Cassio and Desdemona. Iago’s deception has prevailed as two of the character involved in his revenge scheme sincerely believe that Iago is honest| ”So I will turn her virtue into pitch, and out of her own goodness makes the net that shall enmesh them all”(IagoDeception/Manipulation)| JuxtapositionMetaphor| Iago’s deceiving character has caused such manipulation that now Desdemona can’t plead her innocence as the more she denies her infidelity, the more she gets entangled in the ‘web’ like a spiders prey desperately trying to escape, hence the metaphor| “I stand account for as great a sin, but partly led to diet my revenge”(IagoJealousy)| Personification| Iago ‘only loves’ Desdemona out of revenge and jealously of Othello as he believes he has slept with his wife. The ‘infidelity’ that is occurring behind is back is eating him alive and so he plans to manipulate Othello in beliving Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio....
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