William Shakespeare's Presentation of Iago, Othello, and Desdemona in Othello

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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Iago, Othello, and Desdemona in Othello

From the very beginning of the play ‘Othello’ Shakespeare presents the friendship between Iago and Othello as a lie. Shakespeare makes us see that Iago is only pretending to serve Othello for his own ends and following this on, Othello completely trusts Iago and is able to speak in confidence with him. All the way through the play, Shakespeare shapes the audiences response to make us want to like or dislike them, admire or have sympathy for them. From the moment the play opens, Shakespeare gives us a negative impression of Iago. Shakespeare presents Iago to us as a dishonest and false-hearted character. In contrast, …show more content…

This may have been the biggest hint which was to be unfolded to show us that something even more bigger and exciting will happen.

In the first scene of the play ‘Othello’, Shakespeare presents Iago as a very untrustworthy and deceitful character. He says ‘I am not what I am’. It is not very clear on what Iago means as he does not make it specific but we can still understand something. It seems as if it is a sudden warning to Roderigo that Iago is a type of man that just can not be trusted. We also remember this quote in our minds simply because it is short, and strangely worded.

All the way through the play, Iago’s character is kept constant. He stays deceitful and two-faced. We can see that this is true as he states ‘I hate the Moor’. He uses the word ‘Moor’ to describe Othello. He then later says ‘My Lord you know I love you’. This is one of the many situations where Shakespeare shows that Iago is being two-faced as we already know that this is not true as he has already stated that he loathes Othello. But even though Iago is doing all this back stabbing with Othello, he portrays himself to others as being an honest man.

Towards the end of Act 1 Scene 3, Shakespeare presents us with Iago’s first soliloquy. ‘He’s done my office’. Iago claims

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