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The Truth About Disguise Shakespeare cleverly uses the art of disguise in both his tragedies and his comedies in order to employ a literary device known as dramatic irony where the audience members are aware of something in this case the true identity of characters that characters in the play are not This of course creates tension in a play and excites the audience actions take place on the stage of which the audience knows the import but characters on the stage do not It also creates a setting for a great deal of irony where characters make comments that take on a double meaning Two examples of characters who utilize such disguise are Iago from Othello and Viola from Twelfth Night The purposes for which Iago chooses to disguise his motives are to gain an office which he feels he deserves and to get revenge on Othello for allegedly committing adultery with his wife Most of the irony in Othello stems not from what Iago says but rather from what the other characters say about him such as the references to him as honest Iago the bold Iago and a very valiant fellow Iagos disguise makes the audience fearful for the other characters and causes them to pity those who suffer his wrath He destroys Othellos friendship with Cassio Othellos marriage to Desdemona and influences him to kill Desdemona by convincing him that his wife had been unfaithful to him with Cassio He himself in attempts to protect his disguise stabs Cassio Roderigo and his wife The reasons Viola chooses to disguise herself however are to protect herself from danger and to win the love of the Duke In a few days time while masked in this disguise through her wit charm loyalty and musical ability she wins the trust of the Duke who employs her to woo Olivia In her loyalty to the Duke though
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