OTHELLO: Iago critics Flashcard Example #51994

E. Honigmann
Iago is anything but straightforward
S. Johnson
The character of Iago is so conducted, that he is from the first scene to the last hated and despised
C. Lamb
while we are reading any of Shakespeare’s great criminal characters – we think not so much of the crimes which they commit, as of the ambition, the aspiring spirit, the intellectual activity which prompts them to overleap those moral fences
E. Honigmann
Iago is the play’s chief humorist
E. Honigmann
Iago’s sense of humour is quite distinctive
W. Auden
Iago is a practical joker of a peculiarly appalling kind
E. Honigmann
Auden’s loose label really identifies one of Iago’s convenient masks, not the inner man
E. Honigmann
His humour either intends to give pain or allows him to bask in his sense of his own superiority
E. Honigmann
he enjoys a godlike sense of power
E. Honigmann
His humour also makes him seem cleverer than his victims
H. Goddard
Shakespeare bestowed the highest intellectual gifts on Iago
E. Honigmann
Iago excels in short-term tactics, not in long-term strategy
E. Honigmann
he has neither felt nor understood the spiritual impulses that bind ordinary human binds together, loyalty, friendship, respect, compassion – in a word, love.
E. Honigmann
Emilia’s love (of Desdemona) is Iago’s undoing
Fintan O’Toole
so close are Iago and Othello, indeed, that they start to melt into each other… Othello’s grand verse breaks down into jagged, disordered prose. Iago’s prose becomes triumphant verse
A. C. Bradley
Iago is defeated by the power of love
S. Coleridge
Iago is next to the devil
S. Coleridge
Iago shows motiveless malignity
S. McAvoy
Iago has no real intentions
A. C.
Iago does what he does for enjoyment

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