Othello- analysis of Iago's soliquay in which he talk about "divinity of hell"

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In this soliloquy Iago's schemes are becoming a reality and his tone is one of confidence as he continues to play the villain and appear to be honest. The idea of him playing a game is expressed in the words "I play the villain". Also the idea of "win the Moor" showing innocent his victims are also, is also supported with the repetition of the word "honest" and his use of sacrificial Imagery "all seals and symbols of redeemed sin". Iago is viewed favorably by the other characters and he maintains his credibility by being on everyone's side, seen in comments such as "O honest Iago", "This fellow's of exceeding honesty" and "good ancient".

He persists with false honesty, loyalty and friendship to the other characters who do not see his duplicity until the end of the play. I chose this soliloquy as it reveals Iago's true malice and identity and exposes the plot of Iago's motives.

Iago uses a great deal of sexual imagery in his soliloquy in reference to Desdemona showing his sexual fixation.

He states "She's framed as fruitful as the free elements", "she strives to do him good." He refers to himself as "divinity of hell" meaning the forces of hell. He uses poisoning imagery in his words, "I'll pour this pestilence into his ear showing that he plans to use any deadly means to bring about Othello's downfall.

The words "With his weak function. How am I then a villain" show how he humours and delights in his evil abilities. It also shows his sinister talents as he persuade, manipulates and exploit the innocent in the guise of concern and loyalty.

These words capture the duality of Iago where he appears to be the honest Iago yet he is a compelling and sophisticated...