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Persuasion in "Othello"
A look at how the character Iago used persuasion in Shakespeare's "Othello."
# 131741 | 1,000 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Shakespeare (Othello)

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This paper describes how the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello" is a master manipulator who utilizes his knowledge of human psychology and motivations to persuade others to place their trust in him.This enabled him to further his own plot against Othello. His methods included selective use of honesty, flattery and using different stories with different people in order to play them against each other.

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"At the beginning of "Othello," (Act I, Scene I), on a Venice street, Iago is introduced as a friend and trusted ally of Roderigo, and one who has his "purse" (financial trust.) Roderigo reminds Iago that Iago told him previously that he was antagonistic to Othello, and Iago assures him this is so: "Despise me, if I do not" - even giving what sounds like a plausible reason, i.e., Iago is bitter at Othello for selecting another man, Michael Cassio, over himself to serve as Othello's lieutenant, and he admits his jealousy of Cassio and his wish for vengeance against Othello. Of course, it seems that he is telling all this to Roderigo in order..."

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