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A puppet master is in complete control over his puppet But only after years of studying and observation does this special interaction of complete control occur The master soon speaks for the puppet acts for the puppet and feels for the puppet A similar manipulative situation arises between Iago and Othello in Shakespeares Othello Iagos clever application of parallelism rhyme and metaphor play a key role in his devilish scheme He wishes to manipulate Othellos emotions thus creating a condition satiated in malice and jealousy within the Moor Iagos fiery rhetoric embellishes the reality of his groundless hatred The sly Iago represents the very irony that encircles Othello Appearing as an ally Iagos vengeful nature transforms him into the ultimate foe of Othello Iagos anger is initiated by not being chosen as Othellos military lieutenant This fuels his deceitful calling of Brabantio Desdemonas father You have lost half your soul Even now now very now an old black ram is tupping your white ewe Arise arise Ii96-98 Iago awakens Brabantio with this metaphor of the ram and the ewe referring to Othello and Desdemona in order to enrage him Othello represents the black ram exhibiting a connotatively negative sense as opposed to the pure white ewe Brabantios daughter This metaphor instills anger in Brabantio not because Othello is involved but because his daughter is losing her purity The repetition of now and arise in Iagos cry add urgency to the matter and further alarm Brabantio As Iago commences his scheme against Othello he seeks the assistance of Roderigo who is deeply in love with Desdemona The time comes when Roderigo becomes suicidal over his unfeasible love for Desdemona In a conversation between Roderigo and Iago the shrewd Iago employs parallel sentence construction ending five of his expletives with put money in thy purse IIIiii383-395 Iagos parallelism reminds Roderigo of the wealth he would gain if he joins Iago thus morphing him from a miserable
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