MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

670 views

In 'Othello', how does Shakespeare suggest that Iago has built a reputation for being trustworthy?

Throughout the play, characters appear to trust Iago. But why might this be the case when, we, as an audience, know he his far from a trustworthy character? There are perhaps three key reasons why characters trust Iago to begin with:

1. Iago maintains the façade that he is “honest” by seeming to be a plain speaker, i.e. someone who says what he feels and thinks. We have evidence for this in the open language which Iago uses in his first speech. Here, he tells Roderigo that he follows Othello “to serve my turn upon him”. Roderigo is likely to trust a man who appears to be so open about his motives and desires.

2. Iago is in a position of authority and therefore trust. He is a soldier and serves a valiant general. We are likely to have preconceptions of people in these kinds of positions, and to an extent assume them to be trustworthy. Perhaps even if Roderigo were a “plain speaker” we would be less likely to be manipulated by him, as he is not in a particularly honourable position.

3. He gets others to do his 'dirty work', and distances himself from his evil. He makes his “fool” his “purse” and in the process constructs a tool for manipulation which keeps him self at a distance from his evil.

Adrian G. A Level Geography tutor, A Level English Literature tutor, ...

2 years ago

Answered by Adrian, an A Level English Literature tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

82 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£22 /hr

Rachel P.

Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - St. Andrews University

Subjects offered:English Literature, Religious Studies+ 1 more

English Literature
Religious Studies
English Language

“RACHEL About Me: Hi there, welcome to my profile! My name is Rachel and I am studying English Literature at the University of St. Andrews. Studying English at university has always been one of my greatest ambitions, so I'm excit...”

£24 /hr

Eilish L.

Degree: English (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered:English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics+ 2 more

English Literature
Philosophy and Ethics
English
-Personal Statements-

“Top tutor from the renowned Russell university group, ready to help you improve your grades.”

£24 /hr

Anna L.

Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered:English Literature, Psychology+ 5 more

English Literature
Psychology
History
Extended Project Qualification
English Language
-Personal Statements-

“Who am I? I am a first year student studying English Literature at Durham University. I have always been intrigued by the power of communication and inspired by the ways in which the close analysis of a text can redesign our opinion o...”

About the author

PremiumAdrian G. A Level Geography tutor, A Level English Literature tutor, ...

Adrian G.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: PPS (Bachelors) - Cambridge alumni University

Subjects offered:English Literature, Geography+ 2 more

English Literature
Geography
English Language
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“My Academic RecordI have just graduated from Cambridge University where received a 2.1 grade in Politics, Psychology and Sociology. At A-level I received 4A* grades in Geography, English Literature, Economics and DT.My Approach to ...”

You may also like...

Posts by Adrian

In 'Othello', how does Shakespeare suggest that Iago has built a reputation for being trustworthy?

What is price elasticity of demand, and how can it affect the decisions of retailers?

What is the impact of tropical air masses on the UK?

Other A Level English Literature questions

How many points should I write for an essay?

I’ve sorted out my AOs, now what do I do with them? (AQA)

How do I stucture an essay?

What are the central themes in The Great Gatsby?

View A Level English Literature tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok