Analyse the Methods Iago Uses to Persuade Other Characters in Othello to his Point of View.
Iago uses some excellent, persuasive methods to deceive his characters into thinking that his point of view is correct. Iago’s plots are made to sync in with the general design of the play, in that it is upon these contrived situations that all the tragedy is born from. The characteristic feature of all of Iago’s plots is that they seek to undermine attitudes and positions of others. He either plants seeds of doubt in people’s minds i.e. Othello or leads people to believe something is occurring when really it’s all made up by Iago for the sake of him concocting his revenge and, thus, his own way. He attacks the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of others and uses these to his advantage. There are many times in Othello when we can recognize Iagos persuasive methods clearly. I’m going to analyse three examples of these methods.
Example one is his corruptions of Brabantio’s mind and thoughts. Roderigo is used a scapegoat so Iago is not recognized. He urges Roderigo to wake and alert Brabantio and inform him of the secretive relationship his daughter is having with the “Moor” and a crude description of what happened – “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe.” Roderigo is used as the puppet in this particular scene. Iago persuades Brabantio through Roderigo that Brabantio has been the victim of robbery – “To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor.” Through this quote, it also makes Othello sound like a sexual predator or rapist. Iago then begins to sow his seeds of doubt in the mind of Brabantio whereas before, Brabantio was content that all was well. In the end Branatio “falls” into the same thinking as Iago and more importantly, Brabantio is prepared to react blindly to these allegations and his newly acquired knowledge. Iago knows that his persuasive methods have been a success when Brabantio takes over from Iago and starts using more confident...
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