Key Quotes: Iago Flashcard Example #29247

“Men should be what they seem; or those that be not, would they might seem none!”
Speaks in riddles
“Three Great ones of the city”
Iago got help to persuade Othello to make him lieutenant
“Off-capp’d to him”
Cassio got the position instead
“Behold her tupp’d”
When Othello wants Ocular proof, Iago asks
“Preferment goes by letter and affection”
Annoyed that Cassio got the job due to this.
“I follow him to serve my turn upon him”
Iago obeys Othello for his own ends
“I am not what I am”
Reveals his duplicity to Roderigo
“Wife for Wife”
Due to suspect of Othello, Iago wants revenge
“I fear Cassio with my night-cap too”
Thinks Cassio had an affair with Emilia too!
“Now, now, very now”
Repetition when talking to Brabantio
“an old black ram is tupping your white ewe”
Vulgar language talking to Brabantio
“Whether he kill Cassio, Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, Every way makes my gain”
Plot to fight Cassio against Roderigo
“A soldier fit to stand by Ceasar”
Iago ‘praising’ Cassio
“I fear the trust Othello puts him in”
Rats out Cassio.
“As if he pluck’d up kisses by the roots, that grew upon my lips”
Imagery of Cassio kissing Iago
“See Cassio wipe his beard with”
Gross image of the handkerchief with Cassio
“out of her own goodness make the net That shall enmesh them all”
Desdemona’s kindness will make the plot
“I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest”
Cassio about Iago’s honesty
“But let her live”
Iago tells Othello not to kill Desdemona
“Do it not with poison; strangle her in her bed”
Iago helps Othello plot Desdemona’s death
“Othello’s opinion of Iago was the opinion of practically everyone who knew him.”
Bradley says about Iago
“our usher into the action of the play”
Pechter says about Iago
“He is not much more than a necessary piece of dramatic mechanism.”
Leavis says about Iago
“I cannot think it, that he would steal away so guilty-like”
Subtly plants suspicion in Othello’s mind
“Your suspicion is not without wit and judgement”
Iago praises Roderigo to keep him on his side
“By Janus”
God of duplicity
“”I hold it the very stuff o’ the conscience/ To do no contriv’d murder”
Says he wouldn’t murder on purpose
“oft got without merit and lost without deserving”
Iago says about reputation
“She gave it him, and he hath given it his whore”
Iago to Othello about how Bianca got the handkerchief.
“I bleed, sir, but not kill’d”
Iago suggests he is the devil
“Demand me nothing”/”From this time forth I never will speak word”
Iago refuses to cite his motives.

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