With reference to Iago from Othello and one other related character (the Joker from The Dark Knight), discuss the power and influence of evil.I have to write a speech based on the comparison of...

With reference to Iago from Othello and one other related character (the Joker from The Dark Knight), discuss the power and influence of evil.

I have to write a speech based on the comparison of these two villians using the stimulus quote:

Were I the moor I would not be Iago.

In following him I follow but myself;

Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,

But seeming so for my peculiar end,

For when my outward action doth demonstrate

The native act and figure of my heart

In compliment extern, 'tis not long after

But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.

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I am rather surprised at your choice of the Joker in the Batman film as your choice of villain to compare with Iago. The thing that surprises me is the way that throughout the play, Iago pretends to be something he is not and uses that to manipulate and fool others into doing what he wants them to do. One of the most famous lines from the soliloquy you have identified above is the final sentence, "I am not what I am," which captures the way that there is a crucial and massive difference between the outer Iago and the inner Iago. Iago's evil, therefore, lies in the way that he feigns loyalty and service to Othello whilst all the time using that as a guise to plot Othello's downfall. He is therefore a kind of hidden enemy, that Othello does not know even exists.

By contrast, the Joker is an obvious villain that makes no attempt to try and hide his villainous nature. It is clear that he is evil and he makes no attempt to try and hide this. The one point of comparison that you could perhaps draw between the two characters is the way that both characters, in the words of Iago, "follow myself" or themselves in pursuing their own particular goals or desires. Apart from this, I think there are more differences between these two characters than similarities.

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