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Discuss how Iago is able to manipulate Othellos opinion of Desdemona and move him to jealousy so quickly Iago employs a number of methods to manipulate Othello He slips in emotive words into the conversation words like vile false foul plague and most importantly jealousy This makes Othello start to use these sort of words I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapour of a dungeon Iago uses Othellos trusting nature against him Othello as a soldier is used to trusting his officers Othello feels he has no reason to doubt honest Iago Iago plays upon this role that he created for himself I humbly do beseech you of your pardon for too much loving you As a solider Othello must make judgements and act quickly this may explain why Othello is moved to jealousy so rapidly Othello is also a man with a temper My blood begins my safer guides to rule And passion having my best judgement collied Assays to lead the way Desdemona is a Venetian she is white and young Othello is older and black Iago uses these differences to make Othello believe in his wifes unfaithfulness with Cassio Cassio is white young with courtly manners everything that Othello isnt added to that is the fact that hes an insider Even though hes a Florentine and a Venetian he fits better than Othello In Venice they do let God see the pranks they dare not show their husbands Othello is a proud man One of the things Othello is proud of is his reputation as a solider and a man Iago realising Othellos pride may be uses against him sets about trying to convince him that Desdemonas unfaithfulness would damage his reputation and steal his good name But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed Another
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