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Iagos Self Perception The play Othello is a play that we can read with a great deal of understanding because we can relate it to our society today We often witness acts of racism gender bashing evil people and suicides because of poor self perception In the play we see examples of all of these Othellos suicide Emilias severe dislike for men and the constant reference to Othellos colour are all examples of the issues that I named above The issue that I find the most interesting is how Iago perceives himself I think Iago is not even sure of what he is Throughout the play we are shown several different perceptions of people Most often the characters perceived Iago as honest Iago I believe that we do not get a clear vision of how Iago views himself He speaks of himself being evil and cunning but he also says that we cannot call him a villain because he is not asking a fee for his advice And whats he then that says I play the villain When this advice is freeIIiii336-7 I think that Iago originally was a character of good morale trying to raise in the state Iago did not feel as though he belonged in the Venetian state or the group that he desired to belong We know Iago is an outsider because of Cassio when he speaks of Iagos kindness I never knew A Florentine more kind and honestIIIi39-40 A possible reason for Iagos severe actions against Othello in Cyprus was because he was an outsider and did not feel like he belonged He may have felt that he had no reason to fight for Venice A Kavanagh Iago can be compared to a young child who is new in town and feels left out Or even the child who was part of the group and feels left out because his or her friends
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