Nature imagery in Othello
There are quite a few imageries about nature in the book written by William Shakespeare named Othello, were the two male leads named Iago and Othello are the ones who use them the most, Iago talks about how people are gardens also how easy it is to manipulate other peoples garden and he also uses poisonous plants to explain how much harm he has done, while Othello talks about how flowers represent his wife and how they die once they are plucked just like his lover for her. Iago in one of his most famous speeches in the book while having a conversation with Roderigo “Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce […] either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.” He uses imagery to explain that people and he are gardens, the things we do and think are what we plant in it, it also takes time to take care of it you need to have patience and plant everything, people can manipulate it and it’s up to us to take care of it. He also says this during another conversation with Roderigo “Though other things grow fair against the sun, / Yet fruits that blossom first will first be ripe” which goes back to referring to his garden, that even after he plants multiple things the first thing he plants will always come first, which refers to Othello and the revenge Iago wants from him after taking the spot he has been working on since he started and he just came in and snatched it from him. The last imagery used by Iago says “The Moor already changes with my poison. / Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons, / . . . / . . . Not poppy nor mandragora / Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world / Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep” He is saying that he has corrupted Othello so much that not even poppy or mandragora/mandrake, mandrake was used to cleanse the body, could heal him from all...
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