Nature Of Evil In Othello

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Chase Richter
English 10 Honors
Dr. Maja Starcevic

Through the text of Othello, Iago and other evil infused characters use animal imagery to further crumble the relationship of Othello, a moor general and Desdemona, a Venetian lady.

In the play Othello, the animal imagery becomes very prevalent and helps differentiate characters within the play. Iago, an evil character, manipulates and develops animal imagery to create a bigger problem within the relationship. He begins his imagery rant whilst speaking with Brabantio with an attempt to convince his daughter to break up with the moor: “Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you'll have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse, you’ll have your nephews neigh to you, you’ll have coursers for cousins and jennets for germans” (1.1.122-126). Iago’s purposeful word choice with “Barbary horse” and “you’ll have your nephews height to you” makes Othello seem more dangerous and more irresponsible. Iago’s portraying Othello as an animal, which also displays racism. Iago’s purposeful evilness is evident throughout the whole play and Iago’s evilness is later continued in the same scene when he continues to illustrate
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Othello, the main character and Iago, the antagonist both commit evil but Iago is using is evil against Othello with the reference of animal imagery and it’s parallel to racism. This idea is continued when continues to relish the relationship of Desdemona and Othello through slang and misdemeanor. Othello, after under the impression his wife cheated, he says

O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapor of a dungeon That keep a corner in the thing I

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