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When Iagos treachery is fully revealed Othello asks Why hath thouthus ensnard my soul and bodyExplain Iagos motives for hating both Othello and Cassio analyse themethods he uses to ruin their lives and show how Shakespeare revealsIagos thoughts and plans to the audienceThe play Othello was written by the playwright William Shakespeareone of the best and well-known writers of that period and upto thecurrent day He wrote it in 1604 to be performed to the new King KingJames I and for that reason he included themes in it such as Turkishhistory witchcraft and black magic which he knew King James I likedThe play is named after one of the main characters who has a fatal flawThe character in question is Othello the Moor of Venice a believingand honourable member of the Venetian community and a general of theVenetian army Although the play was named after Othello Shakespearebrings in a true villan whose name is Iago At the time Spain wasEnglands enermy and Iago being a Spanish name makes the audience surethat Iago is evil Iago could arguably be the main character making theplay a tragedy which is a play in which characters must struggle withcircumstances in which most meet death and despair which in this casethe Moors torture and eventually his and other innocent charactersdemise Shakespeare seems to suggest in this play that white Iago isa very negative character and Othello the black general is the heroThis would have been at a time when much of England would have questionedthese views Shakespeare may have been trying to make a social commentand putting forward a negative attitude towards racismThe story is based around a tale by the Italian writer Giraldi CinthioIt begins in Venice a nice civilised city and moves to the chaoticwar in Cyprus This change has a lot of significance and relevance in theplay because it symbolises the changes in Othellos life and perceptionsCyprus is an island that is exposed and can be easily
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