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Othello is a study into the potency of evil Discuss this view of the play paying careful attention to Iagos motives and destructive achievements you should concerntrate on Act III Scene III though you will have to relate it to other parts of the play Potent in its literal sense means powerful This essay therefore is based on a statement saying that the play is a study into the power of evil Evil is conveyed in many different ways in Othello but they all seem to radiate from Iago Therefore it would only be appropriate if I did a study into the evil of Iago and how it affects everything and everybody in the play Shakespeare conveys Iagos evil in many ways throughout Othello and shows the methods that Iago uses in order to make Othello trust him These methods obviously work shown by the fact that he is repeatedly called honest I will be commenting on these throughout my essay He is much like the character Vice from miracle plays of the 16 and 17th Century that tell the audience what their plan is and so they all become fellow conspirators in a way This was done well in the production I saw in Manchester as the actor playing Iago was good and convincing at talking to the crowd and making us realise that it is the enemy within we should fear most Some people could argue that Iago was extremely lucky to have all the opportunities put in front of him such as Emilia finding Othellos handkerchief I however believe that whatever the situation Iago would be able to take the situation and therefore Othellos downfall was imminent An example of this would be in Act III Scene III Iago says Look to your wife observe her well with Casio which is taking advantage of knowing that Desdemona will try to defend Cassio and seem to be in love
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