Othello : The Cool Logic Of Persuasion, And Othello 's `` The Hot Power Of Passion ``

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Discuss the statement that “Iago’s use of language shows “The cool logic of persuasion”, and Othello’s “The hot power of passion”.
Use the two passages (Act 3 scene 3) and 1 other example
Iago can be underpinned as the prime antagonist and one of the most negatively influential characters throughout the play, who inflicts upon himself the role as the ‘companion with an ulterior motive’. This notion can be interpreted in the sense that deception of people around him fuels his ego, vulgar motives activate his plans and allow him to utilise the people around him as mechanisms, circumventing himself from being the suspect of his malicious plots for others to endure the consequences. However, in order to initially manipulate the innocent victims of his conspiracies, he articulates himself and utilises his language in a way that expresses his ‘cool logic of persuasion’.
Iago’s resentment of Othello stems from an issue at the introduction of the play Cassio, a fellow solider is employed as lieutenant by Othello rather than him. He harbours a hatred for Othello, seeking vengeance which is attained through his ruthless plans. These plots are predominantly evident in Act Three as his connivance, irrationality and pertinence as the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ is vividly illustrated. Not only does he inform people of false information with negative consequences, but he inflicts the blame on others to procure his innocence, and contrives his victims into perceiving situations alternate to the…

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