Iago's Soliloquies in Wiliam Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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Iago's Soliloquies in Wiliam Shakespeare's Othello

Through soliloquies in the play, Iago shares his plans and thoughts with the audience. It's through this method that the audience discovers his intentions and motives for his actions. Until the third act there are 3 soliloquies and in each one he shares his thoughts and lets the audience some where into his mind. Critics have suggested that through this confidence he shares with the audience, they become his accomplices.

In the first soliloquy Iago tells the audience firstly, that the only reason he "would expend time with such a snipe" is but to use him. He reveals throughout the first soliloquy that rank and social classes are of
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He refers to some unknown rumour that Othello has been, "'twixt my sheets" and, "done my office". He then shows us that he has a great power for thinking on his feet by creating a plan from Cassio's performance with Desdemona that he just witnessed. It could be said that these soliloquies are a way of informing and summarising the story to come so as to create an air of suspense in the audience.

The second soliloquy gives the audience a chance to see a small percent of Iago's character as suddenly the rumour in the first soliloquy has become a definite suspicion and he offers his third motive, his love Desdemona. This love apparently appears from no where but it fuels Iago on to say that he will have revenge on Othello, "wife for wife" and then states the prophetic, "At least into jealousy so strong, that judgement cannot cure". Again Iago uses the soliloquy to tell the audience his plans, however by doing this we also realise notice Iago's quick nature to think on his feet and manipulate situations, and this gives us a small insight into his character. This is shown again when Iago then states that he believes Cassio too has slept with Emilia. This could be Iago's way of justifying his actions against cassio.

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