Desire and Seduction in Othello

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  • Wow John, they really gave you a nice place for that role in Othello by William Shakespeare
  • Thanks, JD. It's all thanks to my role as Iago, it's a true tragedy on the power of language
  • Wait, wasn't Othello about the tragedy about jealousy?
  • That's one aspect of it, but Shakespeare's writings suggest otherwise, follow me into the parlor.
  • Yes, but it's the means to the ends which is important here. Iago knows how Desdemona can manipulate a conversation as good as he can. To get rid of her, he talks to those closest to her, instead of confronting her driectly
  • Well, didn't Iago's spark Desdemona's downfall by inciting jealousy in Othello?
  • Not quite, when Othello described how he married Des, he specified that she was charmed by Othello's acts of valor. He used this to his advantage, and would often tell her of his deeds. It was his words that seduced her, to the point where she disregarded the obvious problems that arose from Othello's skin color.
  • Well, wasn't Othello considered a wholly virtuous character until Iago's jealous acts of vengeance?
  • And what about Iago? Wasn't his downfall spurred by his power-hungry pursuit?
  • How naive, my friend. It was Iago's failure to manipulate his assets that left cracks in his foundation. Roderigo recognizes that Iago's words don't seem to match his reputation. When Roderigo calls him out on this behavior, Iago begins to apologize to Roderigo. He also doesn't speak in his usual poetic tongue, but in simple prose. Iago's first sense of pressure is evidenced by his faltering mastery of manipulation of discourse.
  • Well, if you're so confident in your responses, what do YOU, John Ververis, playing the role of Iago in Othello by William Shakespeare. believe is the writer's intentions?
  • Shakespeare wanted to convey language as more than merely a tool for narrative. He wanted to show it was something that could be used to incite and inspire.
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