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Iago the Misogynist
Transcript of Iago the Misogynist
Actions towards Women
Actions towards men
Language, Structure & Form
"Go in, and weep not; all things shall be well." - To Desdemona - Act 3 Scene 3
"Men should be what they seem" - To Othello - Act 3 Scene 3
"I protest, in the sincerity of love and honest kindness" - To Cassio - Act 2 Scene 3
Presented as honest and trustworthy to other characters
The audience can understand his plan through his Soliloquy's
So he can be nice to a characters face then inform the audience of his honest thoughts
At the beginning of the play Iago only reveals his intentions towards Othello, he doesn't reveal how much of a mysoginist he is until later whilst talking to his wife Emilia.
Iago appears to only want to affect Othello in his plans however some would say that the people that are the most effected by this was the women that Iago was the closest to.
Written in the Elizabethan era to be a form of entertainment.
Exaggerated drama so the audience understand what is happening.
"And I'll warrant her full of game." - To Cassio - Act 2 Scene 3
"She puts her tongue a little in her heart" - To Emelia - Act 2 Scene 1
"Zounds, hold your peace!" - To Emilia - Act 5 Scene 2
"Villainous whore!" - To Emilia Act 5 Scene 2
"Be wise and get you home" - To Emilia Act 5 Scene 2
"I have use for it. Go, leave me." - To Emilia - Act 3 Scene 3
"What do you here alone?" - To Emilia - Act 3 Scene 3
"It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock" - To Othello - Act 3 Scene 3
"As honest as I am" - To Othello - Act 2 Scene 1
"What say'st thou, noble heart?" - To Roderigo - Act 1 Scene 3
Misogyny is the hatred of women. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.
He is clearly a misogynist, who has a deep rooted hatred of women, although he dies not explicitly state this. ‘You rise to play and go to bed to work’. He is also a megalomaniac in love with power for its own sake.
He is a slanderer, able to destroy with negative words all the reputations which are built on positive ones e.g. Desdemona’s reputation as ‘virtuous’ into ‘lewd minx’.
Iago has difficulty seeing the individual only the stereotypes, e.g. all women are false and all black men are evil, here is therefore unable to relate to the real people because of his prejudice.
Wayne argues that the misogyny in Othello, for which Iago serves as the primary mouthpiece, represents just one of the prevailing views of the Renaissance.