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louinwonderland
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Hi people, sorry if I'm sounding really thick here, but I need help with this quote from Othello:

Act V, scene i, line 19.

Iago: If Cassio do remain, / He hath a daily beauty in his life / That makes me ugly.

What does Iago mean by 'a daily beauty'?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thankyou
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cassio is meant to be a 'ladies man', so i suppose he's good looking. it's just a general example of envy; however, the way he shows such an emotion is very significant and revealing.

it closely echoes the way that marlowe describes envy in dr. faustus, when the 7 deadly sins each give a little speech about themselves..

envy says: "I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt." this perfectly epitomises the way iago thinks, in my opinion. the quotation in question "daily beauty...ugly" actually seems to highlight a great insecurity in iago, and also adds another dimension to his supposedly motiveless revenge (ontop of things such as othello promoting cassio instead of iago, othello supposedly having "twixt his sheets... office" or something).

hope this is helpful
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Ah, OK, I was reading the quote as if Iago was commenting on something outside of Cassio himself - that the 'daily beauty' was Desdemona.

Thanks Silence that helps a lot
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Iago: If Cassio do remain, / He hath a daily beauty in his life / That makes me ugly.
Its a brilliant quote - one of the definates if you get a Q on Iago, it gives weight to Coleridge's theory of 'motiveless malignity' - i.e Iago's drive is the destruction of anything beautiful.

Also he referrs to the Moor's 'free and open nature' someone he also hates...
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