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Sow how Iago uses language to destroy Othello Base your answer on Act III scene III In this scene Iago begins his machinations to make it seem like Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair However Iago refrains from saying very much I cannot think it that he would steal away so guilty-like is the most incriminating thing he says about Cassio He makes Othello start to think uneasy thoughts by saying I like not that about Cassios exit Othello immediately seizes the bait his jealousy playing off of Iagos calculated insinuations Iago begins to echo Othello which makes Othello even more uneasy He asks questions that are basically related to the issues at hand such as whether Desdemona and Cassio have known each other for a while In Othellos state he believes Iagos statements of nothing to be a real attempt to hide the truth about what is going on he does not realise that Iagos statements are all feigned to make Othello jealous Thou echoest me as if there was some monster in thy thought too hideous to be shown Othello creates this simile based merely on Iagos echoing and unrelated questions showing how Othello begins to feed off the insinuations of Iagos words Iago says that he believes Cassio is honest yet again this word sets Othello off and Iagos fake uncertainties in his tone makes Othello think that Cassio lies Iago then asks who has that breast so pure that some unclean apprehensions keep leets and law days In the context in which it is spoken Othello takes it to mean that Cassio is flawed which is true but notice how Iago says no names and doesnt explicitly apply the statement to any one person Iagos fakery reaches a peak when he speaks of how good name is the immediate jewel that people possess Othello takes the statement to mean that Iago is protecting Cassios good name
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