Othello Essay: I Am Not What I Am (Analysis of the quote 'I am not what I am' in the essay of Othello by William Shakespeare).

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In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, the main villain, Iago, says many things hinting that he is not who he appears to be on the outside. Iago seems to be calm and kind, warm-hearted and loyal: many even call him "honest Iago," but there is a sting of irony to this -- Iago isn 't honest at all. It is just a facade, put on to fool those around him into trusting him and letting their guard down long enough for him to trick them. On the inside, he is a cold and calculating genius, whose sole purpose in life is to achieve power and success -- through any means possible.

The phrase "I am not what I am" (I.I.69) basically translates to "I am not what I appear to be," but it goes much deeper than that. If you are not what you are, that
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When Brabantio accuses him of being a villain (I.I.118-119), Iago doesn 't deny it at all. His response: "You are -- a senator!" All during the play he equivocates, and even while trying to convince Roderigo not to kill himself, every other

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