Oglillo Speech In Othello

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Comparison: Othello ‘her father loved me’ vs Iago ‘thus do I ever make my fool my purse’
In Act One Scene Three of William Shakespeare’s Othello, Othello gives a long speech, in which he details his love affair with Desdemona. Shakespeare uses this monologue to present Othello’s character to the audience, and to display attitudes to race and morality at the time. Iago’s ‘thus do I ever make my fool my purse’ soliloquy comes towards the end of Act One Scene Three, and narrates Iago’s plan to wreck Othello’s relationship with Desdemona by inventing an affair between Desdemona and Cassio. These speeches differ in many ways, but also have many similarities.
The form and structure of both speeches are somewhat alike. Shakespeare writes both in iambic pentameter. In Othello’s case, this mimics a pattern of regular, composed speech, showing that Othello is a confident, poised public speaker, not like the previous impression he gave of himself as ‘rude’ of speech. Apart from showing Othello as civilised and self-possessed, this could imply a slight duplicity about Othello, maybe hinting at less truthful and honourable aspects of his character. For Iago, the structure of iambic pentameter, rather than the more deranged and less orderly prose shows that Iago is perfectly calm and emotionless when plotting to destroy Othello’s marriage. This gives the audience an impression of his complete, chilling villainy, and establishes him as a character to whom the audience take a disliking.

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