How Does Act 1 Establish Iago

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How Does Act 1 Establish Iago’s Character ? Iago is portrayed as a villainous, deceiving character. Each thing he says is a cause for worry and disagreement. In his first line the first word he says is “S’blood” (blasphemy) which sets the tone from the start that he is a villain. Among his companions he has a reputation for being honest and reliable and is referred as “Honest Iago”. One main interpretation of Iago is that in Exodus, God gives his laws to Moses on Mt. Sinai, and Moses asks God his name. God replies: "I am that I am". If "I am that I am" stands for God, then Iago's self-description, "I am not what I am" is the direct opposite. Iago is the opposite of God, which means he is the Devil. He is presented as a man who’s main aim is to get revenge over Othello “I follow him to serve my turn upon him” allows us to see into his plans and how he shall seems as if he is obeying Othello whereas he is actually plotting his downfall. Iago is also presented as a racist and sexist character describing Othello as a “Barbary horse” indicating he is a beast because he is of colour. He describes Desdemona as “your white ewe” the use of “your” indicates that Desdemona is Brabantio’s property because she is a woman she is also describes as a “white ewe” which shows that because she is not of colour she is a harmless animal. Iago once again uses blasphemy “zounds” which supports the theory of him being the
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