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What literary device, if any, is used in the play Othello?

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Shakespeare utilizes a plethora of literary devices in Othello. He incorporates various types of irony in his play. Dramatic irony is present in that the audience is aware of what characters do not know. We know that Iago is not Othello’s friend and that he is merely playing with Othello’s mind to get his revenge. However, Othello is unaware that he cannot trust Iago and that his entire life is about to be destroyed. Verbal irony is also present when characters say the opposite of what they mean. For example, Iago tells Cassio he speaks to him “in the sincerity of love and honest kindness.” There is no love or honesty in Iago; there is only a hatred that is constantly fueled. Additionally, there is situational irony in that many events turn out to be the opposite of what is expected. The reason Othello and Desdemona met and fell in love is because Brabantio invited him to tell stories from his life. Brabantio now is angry that the two are married, yet he is the one who...

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There are a lot of ironies used in this play. The most important one is verbal irony. When Iago tries to makes schemes it actually means something else, he always tries to come up with excuses by making those schemes. that is verbal irony