Soliloquy as an Instrument of Character Painting in Othello Essay

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SOLILOQUY AS AN INSTRUMENT OF CHARACTER PAINTING IN OTHELLO SOLILOQUY MEANS TALKING TO ONE’S SELF. During the Elizabethan times soliloquy was regarded as an ordinary but a convenient way of imparting information to the audience or of developing the action of the play. The real function of soliloquy is self-analysis or self-revelation i.e. to bring out the inner spring of any character particularly the hero of the play. In Othello there are seven soliloquies of Iago & two of Othello. In the first soliloquy Act I, Scene III, Iago reveals the secrets of his mind. He tells us the plan of how he is going to revenge upon Othello for appointing Cassio and passing him over the position of lieutenant. He tells us how he will set both Cassio and Rodrigo on Desdemona, to serve his purpose. This soliloquy further offers us an insight into Othello’s character-how honest, good, simple and unsuspecting he is and how easily he could be duped by anybody. The second soliloquy of Iago (Act II, Scene I), is nothing but an elaboration of his first soliloquy, and throws some fresh light upon the inner nature of Iago. He mentions that he lusts for Desdemona and wants to get with Othello “wife for wife” because some way or the other it has got into his mind that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia. The third soliloquy Act II, Scene III), though short yet prepares the audience for his conspiracy against Cassio – whom he wants to disgrace and dis qualify in the eyes of Othello by making him drink and make him commit a disgraceful act, particularly when he is assigned with the job of keeping the watch over the Cyprus and also of maintaining peace and order in the city. The forth soliloquy of Iago (Act III, Scene III) offers a glimpse into the second stage of Iago’s conspiracy against Cassio and

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