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othello and irony


             Throughout Othello, Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to make the play a richer .
             The most essential part of dramatic irony in the story is Iago. Iago's manipulative and .
             jealous ways play a big part in making segments of Othello ironic. Some examples of dramatic .
             irony is Othello addressing Iago as "honest Iago", Othello calling Desdemona a "whore", and .
             when Desdemona goes and kneels before Iago and asks for his help. .
             In(I, iii, lines 291) Othello says, "My life upon her faith! Honest Iago." His statement is .
             dramatically ironic. It is ironic because at no point in the play was Iago honest to anyone. He will .
             continue to lie to Othello throughout the play to successfully contribute to his downfall. Othello .
             believes that Iago is a honest and noble man because he is mislead that Iago is a trustworthy aid. .
             However Iago starts his manipulative scheme by using Roderigo to ruin Othello's marriage by .
             provoking Desdemona's family against the him. Iago succeeds, and gets Brabantio to detest .
             Othello. Thus, whenever Othello refers to Iago as a man of honestly and nobility, he is ironically .
             incorrect.
             .
             Another example of dramatic irony is shown through the passage,["Was this fair paper, .
             this most goodly book,/ Made to write "whore" upon? What committed!/ Committed! O thou .
             public commoner!(IV, ii, lines 71-73) In this passage Othello calls Desdemona a "whore" and it .
             illustrates how he was mislead by lies from Iago and how oblivious he is to the truth. He even .
             doesn't believe or trust Desdemona anymore. Othello was led to believe all these things through .
             .
             Iago. Iago manipulates him by focusing obsessively on the handkerchief and telling fabricated .
             information about Cassio's relationship with Desdemona. Nonetheless Iago stole the .
             handkerchief through Emilia, and told Cassio to use Desdemona to get his respect back from .
             Othello. Therefore calling Desdemona a whore would inaccurate because she a loving faithful .


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