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In William Shakespeares Othello there is a wide array of themes One of the themes which is found true to nearly every character is of the act of control throughout the play Another theme portrayed through Iago is the recurring use of words such as monkey lion etc in romantic conversation In Othello characters such as Roderigo Brabantio Desdemona etc at one point of the play believe that they have complete control over another character or situation only to find that the person or situation is uncontrollable For instance in the first scene of the play Roderigo is interested in courting Desdemona so he pays Iago to intercede with her on his behalf Roderigo now believes that his money has bought him complete control over Iago but when he finds out of Othello and Desdemonas marriage he is angry at Iago and tells himI take it much unkindly that thou Iago who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine shouldst know of this However throughout the play Roderigo is still convinced that his money is helping to control Iago and by the time he finds out that he has lost control he has already been mortally wounded by Iago Another example of this theme occurs between the main characters of the play Othello and Iago Since Othello is a seasoned warrior and leader of the Venetian army he believes that everyone underneath him will abide by his rulings and commands And since Othello has had a long term relationship with Iago he has even more trust and faith in him But Iago sees this and decides to take advantage of Othello This is first observed when Iago and Roderigo are speaking of their plan to get Othello against Cassio After Roderigo exits Iago lets the audience know of how he will be able to control and lead Othello around Because of this Othello who was the controller has now become controlled
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