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24/04/20151 How and why Iago destroys Othello. 24/04/20152 The reasons why he destroys Othello are: In his own words:  Not being made lieutenant  I.

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1 24/04/20151 How and why Iago destroys Othello

2 24/04/20152 The reasons why he destroys Othello are: In his own words:  Not being made lieutenant  I know my price, I am worth no worse a place  Othello has made love to his wife  I do suspect the lusty Moor / Hath leaped into my seat  Cassio has made love to his wife  FIND YOUR OWN QUOTE FROM IAGO’S FINAL SOLILOQUY IN 2.1. Other possible reasons:  to plume up my will  He hath a daily beauty in his life That makes me ugly

3 24/04/20153 We also need to look at why Othello is so vulnerable and Desdemona so unable to cope with him. His age His colour  Haply for I am black … or for I am declined into the vale of years His unfamiliarity with Venetian society  Iago tells Othello I know our country disposition well: In Venice they do let God see the pranks they dare not show their husbands The short and disturbed time of his marriage (set sail in different ships on the night they were married; wedding night interrupted by Cassio’s brawl; Desdemona is killed the next night)

4 24/04/20154 Iago’s Methods Iago destroys Othello using the following methods: hints and suggestions outright lies Opportunism Pairs: Create a brief scene between 2 girls at the ball. One is trying to persuade the other her boyfriend is cheating on her. Use Iago’s methods. KEEP IT CLEAN.

5 24/04/20155 Hints and Suggestions Iago pretends there is more on his mind than he is admitting to when they arrive to see Cassio speaking to Desdemona  (Find a quote in 3.3 to support this) he warns Othello not to succumb to the emotion he wants to arouse in him and he plants suspicions by reminding Othello he is not aware of Venetian customs  O beware, my lord, of jealousy!  Wear your eye thus: not jealous, nor secure. he says there was something perverted in Desdemona choosing a black husband  Not to affect many proposed matches / Of her own clime, complexion, and degree…One may smell in such a will most rank, foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural.

6 24/04/20156 Outright Lies Outright lies such a handkerchief - I am sure it was your wife’s – did I today see Cassio wipe his beard with the time he slept with Cassio  In sleep I heard him say: ‘Sweet Desdemona, let us be wary, let us hide our loves’

7 24/04/20157 Opportunism he arranges for Othello to overhear him talking to Cassio supposedly about Desdemona, but in reality about Bianca when Bianca comes along with Desdemona’s handkerchief he tells Othello that this shows the contempt with which Cassio treats Desdemona  See how he prizes the foolish woman your wife: she gave it him, and he hath giv’n it his whore

8 24/04/20158 Essay topics this information relates to Manipulation Character essays on Iago/Othello Jealousy The downfall of Othello


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