Manipulation andf the Dramatic Irony of Othello by Shakespeare

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The play Othello was written in the 1600’s; there were many themes to pull out while reading it. One that stood out to me the most was manipulation. There are many tactics available to get what you want and make people your puppets. Playing with their emotions and mind, by being charming, and putting on an act pretending to be interested in what’s best for them. In Othello by Shakespeare, we see how easy it is to skillfully influence gullible people using similes and dramatic irony. This play started out with the beautiful Desdemona and the Moor Othello. Marrying behind closed doors, their decision caused a lot of commotion. Jealous men of the love and power they shared planned to shed blood. Devious Iago made a plan to get Othello out of…show more content…
This ties into the theme because Iago did snag him in his game. He got Cassio to sell everything he had and give it him in return for many intriguing lies. Another literary device Shakespeare used to get the theme manipulation across was dramatic irony. I like the way he used this in the play because it gives the people reading insight on things the characters will eventually find out but currently aren’t aware of. One quote that I thought was particularly important was “…. It is my natures plague to spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy shapes faults that are not… It were not for your quiet nor your good not for my manhood, honest, and wisdom to let you know my thoughts” (Act 3, Scene 3, line 152-158) because Iago was starting to say things about Cassio looking suspicious when leaving Desdemona just before this came out his mouth. Then telling Othello he didn’t want to tell him about his thoughts because it would destroy his peace of mind only gave Othello more skepticism about his wife’s infidelity, going right along with Iago’s plan. Another example of dramatic irony was when Desdemona had dropped the handkerchief her husband gave to her and Emilia picked it up to give to Iago. “(picks up the handkerchief) I am glad I have found this napkin, this was her first remembrance from the Moor. My wayward husband hath a hundred times
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