Othello– English Exam
Go over the method Shakespeare establishes the character of Iago in Act 1 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 3. What significant impact do the soliloquies have on the play? Othello is a catastrophe written by Shakespeare in 1602. The main character, Othello is a popular basic in the town of Venice. He succumbs to the young Desdemona and all goes well for a while, up until Othello promotes Cassio instead of Iago. This causes Iago to become jealous and he plots a malicious strategy to make Othello unhappy. He manipulates different individuals into getting them to do what they desire; Emilia who is Iago’s other half steals a handkerchief for him.
The scarf plays an important part in the play as Othello offered it to Desdemona as a token of his love. Desdemona treasures the handkerchief however incorrectly leaves it behind one day; this is when Emilia steals it. When Iago has the scarf his entire plan forms. He puts the idea that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio in Othello’s head, and then puts the scarf on Cassio. Initially Othello is so in love with Desdemona that he downplays it, but once he sees that Cassio had the token of love he gave to her, he thinks differently …
After being left sad, he faces Desdemona and eventually suffocates her to death. The innocent Emilia is available in to find her girlfriend killed, she then exposes the truth that Iago was behind all the lies which is when Iago is available in and kills her. Othello then eliminates himself out of guilt. A soliloquy resembles a monologue as it is a paragraph spoken on stage alone; however it is simply a short speech. A Soliloquy has to do with what a character is doing or thinking or it might just have to do with what is happening in the play at that time.
In ‘Othello’ Iago is the character that says most of the soliloquies, he talks about his strategies to weaken Othello and how he can anticipate everyone’s reactions. Straight before Iago’s first soliloquy, Roderigo and Iago talk about fighting in Cyprus and Iago controls Roderigo into doing what he wants by convincing him that Desdemona will tire of Othello ultimately and she will then fall in love with Roderigo. He does this because he understands that Roderigo loves Desdemona; nevertheless he understands that Othello and Desdemona are gladly in love and would never ever tire of each other.
In Act 1, Scene 3, Iago’s first soliloquy has to do with what he plans to do, he discusses that by telling Othello lies he will get exactly what he wants. This is for Othello to be unhappy. He also explains that by doing this he will get Cassio’s job therefore he will be killing 2 birds with one stone. In this soliloquy he discusses a report,’ ‘twixt my sheets,/ he’s done my office.’ by this he suggests that he thinks Othello has actually slept with Emilia but he doesn’t know if it’s true or not. This is the only line in the play that suggests a factor behind Iago’s strategies and why he dislikes Othello a lot.
However by utilizing the word ‘office’ to refer to his spouse, Emilia Shakespeare offers the audience the impression he doesn’t care for her much. I likewise understand this as he uses her later in the play to make his strategies versus Othello exercise; he likewise eliminates her at the end of the play. Iago then goes onto say, ‘I understand not if’t be true/yet I, for simple suspicion in that kind,/ will do as if for surety.’ Iago is saying, despite the fact that he doesn’t know if it’s true or not, he’s going to get back at Othello anyway.
For that reason he might simply be using this as an excuse for his plans, as this would make the audience see him not as wicked but as unhappy and desiring revenge which would make them considerate for him. Nevertheless, as this seems like a cover for his for his wicked plan, once again it is clear that he doesn’t really care about Emilia. Shakespeare offers Iago the line, ‘He holds me well, the much better will my purpose work upon him.’ I think that Shakespeare does this to reveal that because Iago thinks extremely of himself Othello will too, and never presume that he is telling him lies, and that he will constantly trust him.
He also utilizes the word; ‘purpose’ which looks like he is trying to the audience, this is what he has to do, like it is his function to bring Othello down. Shakespeare likewise shows that Iago dislikes Othello by undermining him, for instance Iago says, I dislike the Moor.’ By utilizing the term, ‘moor’ this is being racist, nevertheless a Shakespearean audience would not have actually seen this as racism as it was not widely recognized in those times. Nevertheless Iago knew that by stating this it would be an insult to Othello. He then goes on to say, ‘Will be as tenderly led by the nose as asses are … when he says this he is describing Othello as a dumb animal, this is called Animal Imagery, by doing this a Shakespearean audience would see him as more of an animal and therefore this would decrease their regard for him. Iago is stating that due to the fact that Othello is so dumb and trustworthy of Iago, he will do exactly what Iago desires him to. He will be easily fooled into believing that Desdemona is having an affair. The last 2 lines of the soliloquy are,’ I have’t. It is stimulated. Hell and night/ need to bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light. These two sentences stand apart since they are a rhyming couplet unlike the rest of the soliloquy. The rhyming couplet, ‘Night’ and ‘Light’ might make you consider a variety of various things, for example opposites, comparing the excellent characters in the red characters. It might likewise be a representation of Othello and Desdemona describing their skin color, emphasizing how various they are. All these things would make the audience believe more deeply into how various some of the characters in the play are, for instance Iago and Othello or Desdemona and Emilia.
The word ‘stimulated’ means developed and when Iago says this he is talking about his sly strategy to bring Othello down. By stating this, the audience will believe he has actually simply thought about his plan at this point, nevertheless he had actually already create his plan. He also states the line, ‘monstrous birth to the world’s night.’ to start with by utilizing the word, monstrous it sticks out since this is quite an upset word nevertheless he states this in a calm way, however due to the fact that of the kind of word he uses it might lead the audience to consider how each of the characters that Iago is betraying might feel after Iago’s plan has occurred.
In Act 3, Scene 3 the most fundamental part of the play takes part, which is when Iago gets the scarf from Emilia who has taken it from Desdemona. Without this Iago’s plan would not work as Othello seeing the Handkerchief that he offered to Desdemona as a token of their love in Cassio’s hand is what leads him to believe that she has actually been unfaithful. Iago’s soliloquy from Act 3, Scene 3 has to do with what he prepares to do now he has the handkerchief; he also discusses how crucial it is and that without it his malicious plan would not work.
This particular soliloquy is also written as a poem, I know this because the beginning of each line has an uppercase,’ And Let Him find it.’ Shakespeare does this since it makes the soliloquy stand apart from the remainder of the play. This is probably one of the most important and effective soliloquy from the play as it informs you a lot about Iago’s character. Iago’s very first line of the soliloquy is, ‘I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin,/ and let him find it. In other words Iago is saying he is going to slyly place the scarf in Cassio’s room so he will discover it yet never understand that it was Iago who put it there. This is an essential part of Iago’s strategy because by planting the scarf on Cassio, Othello will see that he has it and immediately believe that Desdemona gave it to him, if he didn’t do this then Othello would never ever believe that Desdemona has been having an affair. This would not have a significant effect on the audience as they would currently expect Iago to say this from the first soliloquy in Act, 1 Scene 3.
Iago then goes onto say, ‘Trifles light as air/ are to the envious verifications strong’ which generally indicates that even though the scarf is a small unimportant item that would– usually– make no difference what so ever, if Iago is careful and he uses it at the correct time. Whatever will form and his strategy will work out completely. By,’ Jealous confirmations strong’ he means that because Othello is somewhat jealous to start with, once he sees the scarf in Cassio’s hand and is fooled in to think they’re having an affair, he will be even more envious.
The next line of the soliloquy is, ‘As evidence of holy writ:’ Iago is saying that he is specific that the scarf will certainly do something, and he is using religious beliefs to back himself up. Shakespeare does this on function as a Shakespearean audience would right away think Iago, religious beliefs was a crucial thing in those days there for if Iago utilizes this to support his plan, and they would also believe it is important too. Shakespeare ends the soliloquy with the line,’ Burn Like mines of sulfur. I did state so. this is simile, it is utilized to explain precisely how Othello will respond to the continuous lies he is being fed without realizing, he will begin to believe whatever Iago informs him. The way he says, ‘I did say so.’ makes him seem like he has an extremely high opinion of himself, almost like he is describing himself as god-like. I believe he is also referring to what he said previously, when he says that he dislikes Othello. Through out ‘Othello’ Shakespeare wrote Iago’s soliloquies about his devious strategies to undermine Othello, to do this he used spiritual images which is when you say something about religion to represent something else.
In Othello religious imagery is utilized when Iago discuss creating his plan, ‘Hell and night’ by saying hell he might be describing the devil which makes me consider Iago as he is wicked and sneaky. He likewise states in Act 3 Scene 3, ‘I did say so’ by saying this it is nearly as if he is explaining himself as god-like. Shakespeare used religious images because it has the potential to change a Shakespearean audience’s mind about the story. It would attract them more than it would a contemporary audience.
All through the play, soliloquies are utilized to let you know what is going on inside the character’s mind. Iago’s soliloquies assist the audience comprehend Iago’s character; it also helps them understand his motives for everything he does during the play. There are a couple of different reasons behind Iago’s sneaky strategies. We see this through the two soliloquies from Act 1 Scene 3 and Act 3 scene 1. Shakespeare uses a great deal of significant irony in his plays through all the soliloquies which are spoken.
The strongest piece of significant irony used in the play is that the audience understand exactly what is happening, for example Desdemona is innocent which it is Iago who his twisting things and informing lies. Where as Othello has no idea, he thinks that Iago is trustworthy and that Desdemona is guilty of having an affair. Significant irony is exciting and it makes the audience seem like part of the story. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses paradox to add humor, suspense and stress.
Total soliloquies have an extreme effect on the play as not just do they describe what characters– mainly Iago– are thinking, but they also create an atmosphere in the audience. Soliloquies make the audience think what it going to occur next in the play, and since there are a lot of them it also gets their attention. Another reason soliloquies have an excellent influence on the play is due to the fact that it makes it more fascinating having just one person on stage talking to themselves or the audience instead of having 2 or more individuals having a conversation in between them selves.