"Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving."
Discuss the role and characterization of Iago in light of this comment.
A conniving yet seemingly "honest" villain, Iago is Shakespeare's evil puppet master of tragedy in OTHELLO. Through such irony, the bard presents Iago as only having "lost [his] reputation" when his devilish schemes have already wreaked havoc upon Othello and "fair Desdemona" (along with the rest of the major players) whose images and lives are "lost without deserving."
Leaving him to "bleed but not die," to suffer because he could not "beware of jealousy." After causing so much pain and sorrow through lies and manipulation of his reputation he is left in shackles to pay for "dead desdemon" and the death of "noble Othello." These deaths and events display the influence that often follows a reputation of "[honesty]" and also displays the power of reputation in society.
In the eyes of others, Iago's character is truly just reputation, and his title "Honest Iago," was surely "got without merit." On the surface it would appear that Iago is the most trustworthy when in reality, he is the most antagonistic. It is in this light that the audience can see that his reputation really "is an idle and most false imposition." The success of Iago's plans relies entirely on his undeserved reputation, and for him to be able to say, "I have lost my reputation," would be the end of his scheming and manipulating.
Discuss Shakespeare's presentation of gender roles in the play.
What in your view does Shakespeare’s presentation of different attitudes to race contribute to the play’s meaning and effects?
For this there's a lot that you could write but I think if they do something like this it would be race and gender. Only because race is only Othello and although you could write a lot I just feel that A is always very open and vague.
P.S. Sorry it's late
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