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The most fascinating and curious character in the tragic play Othello by William Shakespeare is Honest Iago In the play his nature is conveyed to the audience in many ways Iagos character is determined by his relationship with the other characters in the play His betrayal of those who love him that occurs throughout the text is a prime example of this and is emphasised further by dramatic irony Iago as the height of evil and villainy has the typical immorality and cunning about him Due to Iagos innate sense of deception he has two major personalities one of appearance and the other of reality But Shakespeare instead of making his villain transparent Iago is given depth and spirit The deceitful nature of Iago is conveyed to the audience by his treachery of the other characters especially Othello Iago appears to be extremely plausible building a fabricated trust with those who surround him He is the image of the soldier frank down-to-earth if a little vulgar in speech honest and loyal It is how Iago wants to be seen and until the end of the play how the characters see him The audience knows that he is a cynical man who really does not mean what he says In Act I Iago stirs up Brabantio - without being seen - against Othello saying I am one sir that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs Latter on in Act I Iago goes on to present himself as the brave defender of Othellos reputation against Brabantios attack on it Iago says It is Brabantio General be advised He comes to bad intent He then stands his ground with Othello against Brabantio Above all he is the friend that appears loyal who sees it as his duty to tell Othello about Desdemonas affair with Cassio It is Iago whom Desdemona sends for in her
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