Homosexuality In Othello
After dismissing Roderigo and assuring him that his plan will work, he describes Othello, “I endure him not,/ [Othello] is of a constant, loving, and noble nature”(2.3.285-286). Phrase “I endure him not” shows Iago fighting his homosexual feelings toward Othello, essentially blaming him for the thoughts in his head. “Loving, and noble nature” points to Iago having observed Othello for a long time and he is jealous that Othello is pointing his love to Desdemona instead of him. After “proving” to Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful, Iago gets promoted. In his most grateful tone, “I am your own forever”(3.3.480). This phrase says Othello somewhat owns Iago, and it sounds like a wedding vow or a promise to always love him, furthering the question of whether Iago is gay. Richard Hornby states the hardest problem for modern actors when playing Iago is to choose of what sexuality he is and what his true motivation is, “Iago’s motivation was to make him gay, in love with Othello”. Shakespeare brings to light the possibility that Iago’s motivation for the plan was the idea of being closer to …show more content…
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