Othello – Manipulation Quotes & Description (No Fear Shakespeare)

Othello:”So please your grace, my ancient;A man he is of honest and trust:”(1.3.283-285) Creates suspense because we as the readers want to know how Iago is going to corrupt Othello.
Iago:”… abuse Othello’s ear”(1.3.386) Iago borrows Othello’s original imagery of “feeding” Desdemona’s ear with his stories. Othello won Desdemona by telling her stories, and Iago will “win” Othello by doing the same.
Iago:”The Moor is of a free and open nature,That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,”(1.3.391-392) Openly recognizing Othello’s nature and what he intends to do in overthrowing it. No reason is given, other than the pure enjoyment of corrupting of a good man.
Iago:”Cassio, my lord! No, sure, I cannot think it,”(3.3.37-39) Iago is planting the idea that Cassio is guilty of something in Othello’s head without directly saying. Othello is coming to the conclusion on his own.
Othello:”I think thou dost;And, for I know thou’rt full of love and honesty”(3.3.123) This is ironic because Othello thinks Iago is a honest man when in reality Iago is scheming against him
Iago:”Work on, my medicine, work!”(4.1.41) In this line Iago is talking to the “poison” that he planted in Othello’s mind which makes it an apostrophe, because he is talking to an object.
Iago:”Demand me nothing. What you know, you know.From this time forth I never will speak word.”(5.2.316-317) One would think that Iago would want to gloat but he refuses to explain his actions, leaving Othello and the audience pretty clueless about Iago’s motives.

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