How And Why Is The Public The Persona That Iago Presents Different From The Character Revealed In His Soliloquies

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In Shakespeare's play Othello, Iago presents a different persona in his soliloquies for a particular outcome; Iago is Shakespeare's most duplicitous character and this gives him the power through which he can explore ideas of deception, illusion, betrayal and reality. Iago reveals a very different persona to the other characters in the play because it is a large part of his deception with which he wreak's his revenge. It also adds another dimension of reality, as it empowers the audience with knowledge withheld from other characters and creates the sense of tragedy associated with Shakespeare's plays.Othello confronts us with the evil possibilities of the human and Iago in particular forces ...view middle of the document...

However, his plan was so devious and spiteful that it would be very hard to develop all of those plans, idea's and emotions without having some sort of tainted personality or a personality based on the type of acts he committed. The characters were unaware of his true personality until the end and it would have come as a great shock to Othello that someone who he thought was his friend could be so horrible as to deliberately and knowingly cause the death of so many characters, including his own wife and at himself. However, Othello is not to blame for his downfall, as people do not expect their best friends to so badly and deliberately corrupt their lives.Iago uses many characters from the play to make his plan happen. Cassio is by far the most used of all characters, without Cassio's partaking in the scheme it would be non-existent. Cassio is used by Iago as the man having an affair with Desdemona (Othello's wife) in his plan, he sets up Desdemona and Cassio together, making them look suspicious and then put doubts into Othello's mind of Desdemona's loyalty to him. The climax of the play is based around the 'handkerchief', which Iago plants in Cassio's chamber to suggest that Desdemona gave the handkerchief to him as a token of their relationship. However, Othello places great importance on...

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