'Othello' by William Shakespere. Explore the character and role of Iago in 'Othello', focusing particularly on his dramatic impact in Act 3 Scene 3.

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The play ?Othello?, written in the 17th century by William Shakespeare is a tragic play involving romance, love, murder and deceit. Iago, one of the main characters, other than Othello, is very conniving and egotistical. He is very sly in his ways and he will do anything to be more powerful, not caring about whom he hurts in the process. He tells Othello lies about Desdemona and includes Cassio. Roderigo and Emilia in his plotting. Everything goes according to plan until Emilia says in front of everyone that she stole the handkerchief to give to Iago. That is when Iago?s control of events slip and the ensuing deaths reflect the tragic genre.

A trait of the tragedy genre is that the tragedy is foreseeable.

In Iago?s soliloquies, he lets the audience into his evil schemes,

?to abuse Othello?s ear that he is too familiar with his wife?,

?I?ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip?make the Moor thank me, love me and reward me for making him egregiously an ass,?


?two things are to be done. My wife must more for Cassio to her mistress ? I?ll set her on. Myself the while to draw the Moor apart and bring him jump when he may Cassio find soliciting with his wife,?

In addition, he says; ?this is the night that either makes me, or fordoes me quite.? These occasional soliloquies informing the audience have a dramatic effect as they can see the way Iago?s plotting evolves without suspicion around the other characters. When Iago says, ?with as little web as this will I snare a great a fly as Cassio,? he uses...