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The Significance of language in Othello by Andy Machin Language in this play is action as very little information is given to us through the acting Othello falls because he has full trust in a man who speaks nothing but lies this eventually results in turning Othello into a tragedy Othello is written in blank verse and prose however varying pace results in specific effects He uses language to create not only the characters but also the themes of the play For example Othello speaks clearly and with meaning which gives strong meaning to what he is saying and also to whom he is We know that Othello wooed Desdemona using his powerful storytelling technique and it seems Desdemona has also acquired a form of this which show their harmony and mutual affection When Iagos plan starts to take hold of Othello and begins to break him down we see a change in Othellos character portrayed through his speech He becomes very self-conscience and this affects his speech as he is less profound as well as having a very different pattern to it These points are particularly obvious in Act 4 Scene 1 Lines 35 41 where Othellos speech is mainly about himself using lots of Is Othello and Desdemona cant understand each other for the latter part of the play which shows the break down in their relationship and how Iago has successfully poisoned Othello to such an extent that his words become muddled At the end of the play when Othello seems to be unable to listen to anything reasonable he kills Desdemona and is then told the truth through Emilia and Iago His speech pattern again alters as he realises his mistake and he compares himself to the circumcised dog and dwells briefly on former glories Language is the basis of Iagos strength although in a different way to Othellos as it is full of
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