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Final Exam Question_Answer - 3 At one point in...

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3. At one point in Shakespeare’s Othello , Iago calls Othello a “credulous fool” (4.1.45). Analyze at least 3 passages from the play in order to determine whether or not, or in what precise way, the play bears out Iago’s claim. Thesis Statement What kind of irony is it that Iago is the “fool” in the end because he involves his wife (the handkerchief). – DRAMATIC or TRAGIC irony Iago uses persuasion to get what he wants. p. 118 – L. 361-367 – Iago needs his wife to speak with Desdemona Two things are to be done: My wife must move for Cassio to her mistress. I’ll set her on. Myself, the while, to draw the Moor apart And bring him jump when he may Cassio find Soliciting his wife. Ay, that’s the way. Dull not device by coldness and delay. “Now two things still need to be done. My wife has to help make Desdemona take Cassio’s side. I’ll put her on that. And I need to take the Moor aside right at the moment when Cassio’s talking to Desdemona, so he’ll see them together. Yes, that’s the way I’ll do it. Let’s not ruin a brilliant plan by being slow to act.” p. 58 – L.390-395 – Iago saying how he can persuade Othello The Moor is of a free and open nature That thinks men honest that but seem to be so, And will as tenderly be led by th’nose As asses are. I have’t. It is engendered! Hell and night Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light. “The Moor is open and straightforward. He thinks any man who seems honest is honest. People like that are easy to manipulate. So it’s all decided. I’ve worked it out. With a little help from the devil, I’ll bring this monstrous plan to success.” p.148 – L. 232
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