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Othello by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that constructs the plays antagonist Iago as a two-sided character Throughout Act I in the play Iago shows his complex character who has been presented as racist manipulative villain two-faced and jealous In Act I Iago complains he hates Othello as he was not appointed as an officer by him He plans to cheat Roderigo taking his money and convince Othello Cassio has slept with Desdemona to bring Othello to destruction Iago serves a purpose to the play and has been constructed in this way to establish the plot and characters The audience at this point gain their opinion of characters and clearly know who to sympathise Iago is introduced as a racist man from the very beginning of the play Iago refers to Othello with epithets to suggest Othello as a lust driven animal that is violating the innocent Desdemona For instance he calls Othello an old black ram who is tupping over Brabantios white ewe Act I Scene I 89-90 He is referring to the fact that Othello is a dark skinned man Iago then associates Othellos colour with the image of the devil Act1 Scene1 92 suggesting to Brabantio that he has lost half soul now that Desdemona is married to Othello This epithets give the audience negative images of Othello and allows them to place prejudicial views The repetition of the word Moor by Iago abusively implies that Othello is worse than white people and because of his race he should not hold the position he does in the army Othellos race is supported by an animal imagery Barbary horse Act1 Scene1 111 portraying a beasty animal-like image and that this quality will arise throughout the family if Desdemona married a moor The contrast between black and white is used as a comparison between evil and good Iagos frequently concern over race influences one to believe that Othello is somewhat different From this
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