Othello- Viewing and Representation Essay

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I have chosen to represent the appearance and the reality of the characteristic of Iago, who is in reality a selfish, corrupted and vindictiveness person, from “The tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice” by Shakespeare, in a visual form. Perhaps one of the most conspicuous characteristics of Iago is his lack of morals, or his selfishness and cruelty. The is shown throughout the play as he manipulates everyone to achieve his desires or goals, he is willing to do anything to satisfy his desires for revenge and to destroy Othello.” In following him, I follow but myself; heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, but seeming so, for my peculiar end.” ( Act 1, s1 60-63). Iago deceives everyone in the play to ensure the success of his revenge. ”I will wear my heart upon my sleeve, for daws to peck at. I am not what I am.” (Act 1,s1 66-67). This quote doesn't only indicate that Iago doesn't appear to be what he really is, but it is also foreshadowing he is in alignment with the devil by invading God’s line” I am what I am”(Exodus 3.14), from the Christian point of view. His deceptive personality is also shown as he pretends to be faithful to Cassio ” I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth than it should do offence to Michael Cassio.” (Act 2 s3 210-211). His cruelty is clearly evident throughout the play, as he allows and plans to murder innocent people to benefit himself.” Do it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated.” (Act4 s1 203-204). Iago’s amoral and racist personality are shown early in the play, as the used of in media res allows audiences to depict Iago’s corrupted personality. This is shown by the inappropriate names Iago have used to refer Othello, “An old black ram”(Act 1s1 89), “devil”,(Act 1 s1 90) and “thick lip owe.” (Act s1 65). On the other hand, the personality traits that he tends to show

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