William Shakespeare 's Othello And Cymbeline

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Maggie Kaprosch Professor Sheerin ENGL 3336.01 May 2, 2016 Cymbeline and Othello When studying Shakespeare’s Othello and Cymbeline it is important to note the plays possess several similarities in plot and characterization, including accusations of adultery and deceitful, foiling characters. More specifically, I noticed strong likenesses shared by the characters Iago and Iachimo. I would even argue that the similarities between the names Iago and Iachimo are no coincidence, but a deliberate choice made by Shakespeare. Iachimo is molded very similarly to Iago; however, unlike Iago, his plans don’t necessarily work out (because you know, the good guys don’t die at the end of the Cymbeline and Iachimo apologizes for his wrongdoings). Therefore, I would argue that Iago isn’t necessarily as strong a villain as Iago. In both Othello and Cymbeline, Shakespeare uses Iago and Iachimo to explore the power of persuasive and manipulative language, as well as showcasing the stark contrast between deception (Iago and Iachimo) and naivety (Desdemona and Imogen). Shakespeare also utilizes intertextuality (the relationship between texts, in this case Othello and Cymbeline) to develop these thematic connections – specifically, the power of language. Iago is arguably one of the most villainous characters in all of Shakespeare’s plays, as he had no valid reasoning for ruining Othello’s life. Throughout the play, Iago was controlled by his blinding hatred for Othello. However, his motive for
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