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The play Othello was written be William Shakespeare in the latter years of Shakespeares career Shakespeare composed revised and acted in many theatrical performances throughout his life he also owned the Globe theater where many of his works were performed The work Othello was based on a story by Giraldi Cinthios Tale of a Moor which was a mellow drama about a moor and his doubts about his wifes fidelity In Shakespeares play the moor Othello is convinced by his jealous aid Iago that his wife Desdemona is not being faithful Iagos jealousy is motivated by his anger as a result of not being appointed Othellos Lieutenant when he learns that Cassio a Florentine has be promoted instead he vows to seek revenge against Othello Throughout Shakespeares Othello various forms iof irony are used In the first acts of the play verbal irony is most prominent Verbal irony is when a character says something but actually means the opposite Iago does this several times most likely because of the demeanor of his character In the first act Iago tells Roderigo that He is for himAct 1 Scene 2 Ln 75 This statement is verbal irony because Iago is not actually for Roderigo he is only using him as part of his scheme Verbal irony is also present in the second act where Iago tells Othello that he is a faithful servant Act 2 Scene Ln The ironic aspect of this statement is that Iago is definitely not a faithful servant to Othello he is trying to destroy his life Dramatic irony also plays a major role in the play Othello Dramatic irony is when a character states something which is actually the opposite of what is true however the character does not know that In the first act Othello addresses Iago as honest Iago Act 1 Scene 3 Ln 336 This is dramatic irony because Iago is in no way honest
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