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In Othello, Act 1, Scene 3, iago's soliloquy, what imagery is used?

Apart from his reference to the other characters being "led by the nose as asses are", what imagery does iago use in his soliloquy in act 1, scene 3?

iago shows how he truly feels about Othello and Roderigo; he openly refers to Roderigo as a snipe. By the standards of the day, this word would carry very negative connotations as it is not only derogatory but would also be seen as degrading because of the animal imagery surrounding it, this is lower than humans in the Elizabethan ladder of creation. In this time, referring to someone as any kind of animal would be seen as a terrible insult.

Iago claims that Cassio ‘hath a person and a smooth dispose to be suspected’. This means that Iago thinks Cassio is handsome and has a way with women, so it would believable that Desdemona was having an affair with him.

And, as you already stated, more animal imagery is incorporated when Iago says that Othello ‘will as tenderly be led by the nose as asses are.’ This metaphor is a reference to the way in which donkeys can be led by applying pressure to the sensitive nose of the animal. Again, the mention of animals is a way of Iago insulting Othello.


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