Men Should Be As They Seem A Man For All Seasons Essay

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“Men should be as they seem.” – Essay In the play Othelloby William Shakespeare jealousy is the key focus of the play. At the start the audience is introduced to the true protagonist of the play, the iniquitous Iago. The key character of the play, Othello, is interposed later into the play. The fact that the intent of Iago is shown becomes ironic when he is on countless occasions referred to as “true Iago.” Shakespeare also creates irony when he gives the line “Men should be what they seem…” to Iago. When Iago says “Men should be what they seem; Or those that be not, would might seem none!” the irony really stands out. His deliberations already beings shown, the audience sees how this man of deceit really works. Othello has absolutely no idea that Iago is behind everything. Iago plays on to a point where he makes Othello ask him what is really going on with Michael Cassio. With Iago’s cunning wit, his masterful plan unfolds slowly play by play, with Othello being naïve about the whole situation. “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on: that cuckold lives in bliss who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O, what damned minutes tells her o’er who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves.” This is the ultimate irony of the play. The quote said by Iago during a conversation with Othello about jealousy shows Iago warning Othello of jealousy and reactions it may cause, Iago strongly warns about the jealousy of a man who strongly loves his wife, and that it will cause great grief. The irony shown is that Iago warns Othello of exactly what will happen. Iago knows that when his plan unfolds that Iago will become increasingly jealous of his wife. When Iago says “Men should be what they

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