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Appearances vs. Reality
Transcript of Appearances vs. Reality
In the play Iago is perceived as a genuine and honorable flag bearer and friend to Othello. Othello throughout the play continuously compliments Iago's honesty and often goes to seek his advice. Emilia "I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest, lay down my soul at stake. If you think other remove you thought, it doth abuse your bosom. If any wretch have put this in your head let heaven requite it with the serpents curse" Emilia, Act 4 Scene 2. "Is this the noble moor whom our senate call all in all sufficient? Is this the nature whom passion could not shake? whose solid virtue the shot of accident nor dart of chance could neither graze or pierce?" Lodovico, Act 4 Scene 1. "I hate the moor: And it is thought abroad, that twixt my sheets he has done my office: I know not if't be true but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety" Iago, Act 1 Scene 3.
"When Devils will the blackest sins, pit on they do suggest at first with heavenly shows as I do now" Iago, Act 2 Scene 3.
Iago true intentions are not to help Othello at all but rather to destroy his position as general and ruin his marriage with Desdemona. This is all part of his plan
to take Cassio's position as lieutenant and to get
revenge on Othello for allegedly having
an affair with his wife. "I am glad I found this napkin, this was her first remembrance from the moor, my wayward husband hath a hundred times wooed me to steal it... I'll have the work ta'en out and give 't Iago, I nothing but to please his fantasy" Emilia, Act 3 Scene 3. "My lord, is not my lord, nor should I know him were he in favor as in humor altered" Desdemona, Act 3 Scene 4. Reality Appearance Explain your thoughts
about each individual
based on the picture. Emilia is seen as a good friend to Desdemona constantly keeping her best interest in mind. She is seen throughout the play defending Desdemona on multiple accounts. Even though in the end Emilia is a good friend to Desdemona she betrays her for her husband. Emilia takes the handkerchief from Desdemona due to her poor relationship with her husband. She betrays Desdemona's loyalty as an act to win her husband's approval. In the prelude Othello is said to be well-respected and rational. He holds a high ranking in the army of Venice and his highly talked about. Othello is very loving and supportive of his wife Desdemona. Even after being insulted because of his race and brought to the Duke he remained under control and polite. During the events in the play Othello's nurturing and calm attitude is altered by the deceitful Iago. Othello becomes very tense and naive. He is very disrespectful towards his wife treating her differently and accusing her of adultery.