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The character of Iago in Shakespeares Othello is possibly Shakespeares darkest character not because he kills other characters but for his almost supernatural ability to manipulate the other figures of the play He manipulates the other characters into following their own agendas and all the while coming closer to his goal of bringing Othello to his downfall However Iago needs an ally if he is going to destroy Othello this comes in the form of Othellos own inner demons Othello foolishly places far too much trust in honest Iago which Iago then uses against him Soliloquies are the major technique Shakespeare uses in order to show the audience the characters thoughts and motives Iagos manipulations set the stage for Othellos demise however it is ultimately Othellos inner demons that bring about his tragic end Iagos soliloquies give the reader an amazing insight into his mind His first in Act 1 sc 3 details his hatred for the Moor I hate the Moor As well as his continued control over Roderigo Thus do I ever make my fool my purse He suspects Othello of sleeping with his wife Emilia twixt my sheets Has done my office Even though he is not completely sure he will assume it because he hates Othello so much He speaks of how Othello completely trusts him and how he will use this to his advantage He holds me well Iagos decides that he will abuse Othellos ears and tell him that his wife Desdemona is sleeping with his lieutenant Cassio He knows that Othello is far too trusting and will be tenderly led by the nose This soliloquy is a fantastic technique that Shakespeare uses to show the audience Iagos motivations These dark motivations are emphasized by the repetition of the line I hate the Moor Act 2 sc 3 is a major turning point in the play Iago persuades Roderigo to pick a fight
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