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Comparing Othello and Canterbury Tales Essay

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Comparing Othello and Canterbury Tales The use of manipulation and misleading for personal gain has proved to be successful for many people throughout history.
Famous poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, and famous play writer, William
Shakespeare, illustrate characters who possess these manipulating qualities in their personalities. Geoffrey Chaucer’s Pardoner, from The Canterbury Tales, and William Shakespeare’s Iago, from
Othello, are good examples deceiving characters. These literary figures manipulating techniques are very effective on the other characters in Chaucer’s and Shakespeare’s works.

Iago’s main motivation for his manipulation is his hatred of the main character, Othello. Iago's reasons for his hatred of
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Othello must feel that same horrible jealousy that Iago feels.

Iago has a very effective way with words. When Desdemona,
Iago, and Iago's wife, Emilia, arrive in Cyprus, Cassio welcomes
Emilia with a kiss, then says to Iago, “Let it not gall your patience, good Iago, That I extend my manners. ‘Tis my breeding
That gives me this bold show of courtesy” (2.1.97-99). Cassio is making a big point of what a charmer he is, but Iago shoots him down by saying, “Sir, would she give you so much of her lips as of her tongue she oft bestows on me, you would have enough”
(2.1.100-102). He's saying that if Emilia kissed Cassio as much as she nags Iago, Cassio would have more than enough kissing.
This apparently casual devaluation of Emilia and her kisses is a deception; a little later we learn that Iago is intensely jealous and suspects Cassio of having an affair with Emilia. Also, Iago convinces Cassio that the best way to get his job back is to appeal to Desdemona, then sends him off. Alone on stage, Iago asks us why we think he's a villain, since his advice to Cassio is free and "honest," and after all he is called “honest Iago.”
Answering his own question, he comments, “When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, as I do now.” (2.3.351-353). Iago knows that he is a devilish hypocrite, but he seems to be
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