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What reason does Iago give for his hatred of Othello?

We don't know for sure exactly why Iago hates Othello so much and wishes to destroy him. All we have are Iago's own explanations, and given that Iago is notoriously devious and untrustworthy, it's...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 10:36 am UTC

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Explain how Iago is manipulative in Othello, including specific examples and quotations.

Iago is an interesting villain. Whereas many of Shakespeare's villains—like Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Angelo (in Measure for Measure), Tamora (in Titus Andronicus), and Richard III—generally take care...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 7:21 pm UTC

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What is Iago's plan and purpose in act 1, scene 3 of Othello?  

In act 1, scene 3 of Shakespeare's Othello, the villainous Iago has already met with a nasty setback in his plan to ruin Othello's reputation. Iago hates Othello and despises serving him in the...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020 4:29 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Iago and Roderigo in Othello?

One is a puppet master; the other, a puppet. Iago plays Roderigo like a puppet. He uses him and his money for his own ends, chief of which is to harm Othello. Othello has supposedly humiliated Iago...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2016 2:37 pm UTC

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What are some quotes that reveal Othellos low self esteem?

It is Iago's pernicious and consistent manipulation in his desire for revenge that exposes Othello's insecurity. At first, the general's remarks come across as humility but, as the situation...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 9:06 am UTC

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What is Othello's tragic flaw that causes his downfall?

It is often suggested that Othello's fatal flaw is jealousy, but I would argue that this doesn't really strike at the heart of the matter. Yes, Othello is jealous, but before Iago suggests to him...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 11:34 am UTC

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In Othello, how is Iago's control of Roderigo demonstrated?

Iago uses whatever is within people to manipulate them. What is in Roderigo is lust and a desire to have Desdemona at all costs. Iago works him by convincing him that his money (along with Iago's...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2008 2:53 pm UTC

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In act 1 of Othello, how does Iago use his power of persuasion with Roderigo, Brabantio, and Othello to create his...

In the opening scene of the play, Iago expresses his contempt and hatred toward Othello for offering the revered lieutenant position to the inexperienced Florentine, Michael Cassio. Iago feels...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 11:26 am UTC

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Why does Iago think that Emilia has slept with both Othello and Cassio, and where in the play does he voice these...

Iago's suspicion is just an added weapon in his acidic arsenal for revenge against both Othello and Cassio. He hates the two so much that he continuously seeks reasons to support his bitterness and...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2017 7:00 am UTC

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Who Dies In Othello

"That death's unnatural that kills for loving," Desdemona says to her husband in Act V, Scene 2 of this play. Desdemona, like the audience, knows that Othello is about to kill her, not because of...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 1:35 pm UTC

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What judgments does Iago pass on women in his conversation with Desdemona and Emilia? What is the purpose of his...

When Iago talks with Desdemona and Emilia in Act II, Scene 1 of Othello, he expresses his view that women are deceiving and hypocritical. In this scene, Iago observes his wife, Emilia, being kissed...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2017 5:25 am UTC

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In Othello, what does,"Put out the light, and then put out the light" mean?

Othello is literally putting out the light of the candle and then poutting out the light of Desdemona's life. The light of Desdemona's life, however, is also an allusion to Prometheus of mythology....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2007 12:44 am UTC

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What are examples of dramatic irony in Othello?

Most of the dramatic irony in Othello comes from Iago. We, the audience, know that he's a thoroughly nasty piece of work, hell-bent on destroying the man who's supposed to be his master, but none...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 7:25 am UTC

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In Othello, Act 3, how does Iago make Othello jealous?

In act 3, scene 3, Desdemona urges Othello to reenlist Michael Cassio before leaving the scene. Iago then begins asking Othello questions regarding Cassio's role in his relationship with Desdemona....

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018 8:00 pm UTC

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In Othello, why did Emilia give the handkerchief to Iago?

In Othello, Iago is manipulative and uncaring. He is self-serving and is happy to cause distress to anyone if it furthers his cause to "serve my turn upon" Othello (I.i.42). Iago, whilst revealing...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015 11:30 am UTC

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Explain this quote from act 1, scene 3 of Othello:  "Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see: she has deceived...

At this point in the play, Brabantio has had to accept that Othello did not use witchcraft or sorcery to win the heart of his daughter, and he has had to accept also that there is nothing he can do...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 3:38 pm UTC

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In Othello, what quotes shows that Othello is a noble person? What makes him more powerful than the rest?

In Shakespeare's Othello, many characters refer to the titular role as a noble person. This helps to establish his noble attitude, which is also upheld by his own words and actions. In act 1, scene...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 3:49 pm UTC

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What are some quotes that demonstrate Iago's manipulations in Othello? 

Firstly, the fact that Iago declares his intention to harm Othello when he speaks to Roderigo, is a good quote: I follow him to serve my turn upon him Iago clearly and unambiguously says here...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 6:33 am UTC

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In Act 1, what imagery does Iago use to describe Othello and Desdemona's elopement, and what conflict does that...

In Othello, Iago very cleverly uses much emotional imagery to evoke an emotional response from Desdemona's father Brabantio regarding her elopement. The images are as follow: Thief and Crime...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 3:44 am UTC

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Why is Brabantio so dismayed about Desdemona's marriage, despite the fact that Othello is so honored and admired in...

It is one thing to appreciate a person's qualities from afar (or maybe not so afar, since Brabantio had received Othello as an honored guest in his home), but quite another matter to accept that...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010 8:12 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the following quote from Shakespeare's play Othello? "Tis not a year or two shows us a man....

In this quote, Emilia tells us what she really thinks about men. The phrase "Tis not a year or two shows us a man" likely means that it can take more than a year or two for a wife to decipher her...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016 2:11 pm UTC

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What is being said in this quote and why is it significant? What is important in this quote? OTHELLO     Why, why is...

In this speech, Othello is speaking to Iago. He is refuting the idea that he is jealous of his wife, Desdemona, who seems to have attracted Cassio's attention. Othello at first flat-out rejects the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 4:10 am UTC

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In lines 4-6 of Othello, Iago states: "I hate the Moor, . . . done my office."  Discuss why Iago hates Othello. You...

The key to understanding Iago is that he hates. We are never given, within the context of the play, solid reasons; his statement that the "Moor has done my office," referring that his wife Emilia...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2010 1:30 am UTC

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In Othello, what is the significance of Iago's final line: “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. / From this...

IAGO. I have told thee often, and I retell thee again and again, I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted ... (Othello, 1.3.28–30) Early in Shakespeare's Othello, Iago tells Roderigo time and again...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020 11:39 pm UTC

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What is significant in this quote in Othello? IAGO: I follow him to serve my turn upon him: We cannot all be...

As Iago readily admits, we cannot all be masters. And in Venice's rigidly hierarchical society, there's absolutely nothing he can do about that. There is a natural order of things; some people give...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020 10:51 am UTC

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How did Brabantio react to the marriage of Othello and Desdemona in Othello?

A rich and powerful man, Brabantio isn't used to people going against his wishes, especially not his own daughter. In common with the prevailing social standards, Brabantio enjoys complete control...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 6:56 am UTC

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Compare and contrast Desdemona and Emilia in Othello by Shakespeare.

Desdemona, Othello's wife, and Emilia, Iago's wife, are the two main female characters of the play. There are several differences between the two. However there are also some similarities which...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 12:00 pm UTC

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What lies does Iago tell in the play Othello?

The best way to seek out Iago's lies, it to focus on what he says he motives are. These motives can be found in each soliloquy, which, in turn, forwards the plot of the play. Iago begins the play...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2007 10:24 am UTC

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In Othello, Act 1, Scene 1, why does Iago leave Roderigo alone at Brabantio's house?

Iago leaves Roderigo alone at Brabantio's house because he says that it is not fitting for a man of his inferior rank to be caught sullying the name of Othello. Iago says, "It seems not meet, nor...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2010 8:01 am UTC

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What are some metaphors in Othello?

Iago's use of metaphor is particularly colorful and varied. He describes Othello's relationship with Desdemona to her father in the coarsest of animal metaphors, appealing to both his prejudice and...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 6:38 am UTC

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In Othello, why does Iago want Roderigo to "put money in thy purse?"

We can interpret this line in two different ways (although they ultimately both have the same end result). In the first interpretation, we can perceive "put money in thy purse" to mean that Iago...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2017 9:08 am UTC

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What is a jealousy thematic statement for Othello?

A good thesis statement for jealousy in Othello could revolve around examining the close link between jealousy and insecurity, in particular how jealousy homes in and exploits people's innermost...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 8:36 am UTC

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How do Othello and Desdemona win each other’s affections?

After Iago causes an uproar with Brabantio, Desdemona and Othello explain to the Venetian council in act 3, scene 1 that they eloped because they are in love and describe the nature of that love....

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020 4:20 am UTC

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In William Shakespeare's play Othello, what does Iago mean when he says, "But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve /...

In William Shakespeare's play Othello, Iago (addressing Roderigo) promises that he will never wear [his] heart upon [his] sleeve For daws to peck at: I am not what I am. (1.1.64-65). In other...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 11:53 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Othello, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the main character?

Othello's strengths are his military experience and acumen. He is also bewitching in the tales of his exotic past - bewitching not just to Desdemona, but her father and the Duke also. He has a calm...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2011 12:30 am UTC

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What are Othello's character traits?

Othello is a man riddled with internal conflict and contradictions. He is a confident military leader and a self-doubting member of society. He is an insider of the Venetian court but a outsider...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 1:04 pm UTC

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In Othello, what would be a good example of an introductory paragraph on the topic of how Othello portrays the...

When considering an introductory paragraph, think about your intention. You want the reader to be interested and intrigued enough to read on. You want the purpose of your essay to be clear by the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012 4:10 am UTC

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What is a short summary of Shakespeare's Othello?

Shakespeare's Othello is a fascinating and complex tragic play that depicts the marriage, downfall, and ultimate demise of the main character, Othello. Othello, a Moor and a general in the Venetian...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 9:59 pm UTC

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"Put the money in thy purse" Hello felows, Im Valeria, from Argentina. Let me just tell you that I`m not a...

I like this connection very much. Throughout the play Desdemona is equated with money and jewels. Iago tells Brabantio that his house is robbed, a metaphor to explain Desdemona's elopement....

Latest answer posted August 27, 2010 7:09 pm UTC

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In Act 3 Scene 3, how is Othello manipulated by Iago?

In act 3, scene 3, Iago poisons Othello's mind, insinuating that Desdemona's been cheating on him with Michael Cassio. It's a total lie, of course, but Iago is such a skilled manipulator that he's...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 7:18 am UTC

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What accusation against Othello does Brabantio repeat to Duke in Act 1 Scene 3?

Brabantio says to the Duke: "To fall in love with what she fear'd to look on! It is a judgment maim'd and most imperfect That will confess perfection so could err Against all rules of nature, and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2015 7:22 pm UTC

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In Othello, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters Othello, Iago, Desdemona, and Emilia that...

In Act one of the play, Othello is presented to us as a noble Moor, a man of royal descent, confident and eloquent. He is proud, a man of authority and vastly skilled in the art of war. His...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2015 4:48 pm UTC

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How is the fear of being a "cuckold" relevant to William Shakespeare's Othello?

In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, one of the title character’s main fears is that he will be made a “cuckold.” In other words, he fears that his wife will have sex with him behind his back and...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2012 12:08 pm UTC

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Why is Iago committed, above all else, to destroying Desdemona in Othello?

Othello's decision to choose Michael Cassio to serve as his lieutenant is the primary reason Iago seeks revenge. Iago believes that he is significantly more qualified than the young Florentine...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 8:17 pm UTC

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In Othello, one of Iago's soliloquies once again gives us a glimpse into his plans. He concludes, "So will I turn her...

The quote is taken from Act 2, scene 3. Iago is referring to Desdemona, Othello's wife, in this instance. He is saying that he plans to besmirch her good name and destroy the virtue that she holds....

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016 11:41 am UTC

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Can you explain an example of irony found in act 3, scene 3?  

Shakespeare loves irony, and there are several examples of it in this scene. First, for example, Emilia notes that the trouble between Othello and Cassio grieves [her] husband / As if the cause...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 2:38 am UTC

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Why does Othello fall into a trance?

The first time we witness Othello falling into a trance is in Act 4, scene 1. Othello is clearly overwhelmed and distraught by the insinuations Iago makes when he suggests that Desdemona might have...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2015 10:43 am UTC

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Give examples of Iago's two-faced behaviour. How might an actor convey this?

Iago's two-facedness is the essence of his character. We see this from the first scene, which suggests that Iago may confide in Roderigo—"Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate," Roderigo...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018 9:31 am UTC

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Compare and contrast Desdemona and Emilia Othello.

Desdemona is far from being the quiet, obedient, even submissive daughter and wife as she's often described. Desdemona has no fear of disappointing her father, Brabantio, or going against familial...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 6:18 pm UTC

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How is Othello a fool?

Othello is an accomplished warrior but his personal insecurities make him a fool when it comes to love. Othello is first foolish to trust Iago. For a military commander, he is used to loyal...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 7:12 pm UTC

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