Othello-Iagos duplicity Watch
Wow, check that for pretentiousness PM me if none of it made sense, and I might be able to explain myself more clearly!
Thanks for your help...who was it that suggested Iago might be gay?? Other than times when he says he loves Othello I can not find any evidence for it in the text! please help thanks x
Pherhaps tie it in with the idea of him constanlty being jealous of Desdemona and his motivation, not being jealous of Cassio, but is to get Des out of the picture, and battles for Othello's affection throughout the play, so he can be his "one true love" not Des.
Hmmm not sure if that actually makes any sense, sorry!
i can't see too much [homo]sexuality in iago - i get the feeling that he wishes to destroy othello and it just so happens that desdemona is the only item of value that he has. in fact, she is more than an item; she constitutes the national identity and social status which he has been seeking, and is perhaps the icing on the cake after a long and respectable military career. taking away desdemona (directly or indirectly) is the ultimate way to destroy othello, or even cause him to destroy himself. imagery of black rams and white ewes is, to me, more about the animalistic nature aimed by iago to be provocative regarding othello's racial background, or even possibly reflecting his very own bestial destructive behaviour. the tupping is merely an essentially animalistic quality.
Aah, such is the beauty of Shakespeare. I really ought to read this play again (as no doubt you lot are all thinking as you read my drivel ).
this quote is a religious reference, parodying the word of God in the bible: "I am that which i am"
it's another of these lines that relates Iago to Satan, the most sneaky and two faced character of all!
not what you were asking for, but still worth a mention!
Homosexuality: when he describes to Othello, how when he "laid" with Cassio- Cassio, in his dream, mumbled his love for Desdemona etc. and started feeling up Iago; perhaps an indication of Iago's 'lust' for Cassio= in that he is describing to Othello, what he wants Cassio to do to him.
Hope this helps.
no way. shakespeare simply wouldn't bother making a gay character.
hmm i have been digging a bit of a hole for myself by saying shakespeare wouldn't bother making a gay character. from what i've read, homosexuality doesn't really occur in renaissance drama, particularly tragedies. maybe in some beaumont and fletcher play you might find a gay plumber or something obscure, but in mainstream drama from the period set in europe, there isn't really room for that extra degree of absurdity. any intrigue is more often adulterous, incestual or bloody - i think that introducing 'the only gay in the village' would have been an unknown quantity for the genre. my assertion had shakespearean tragedy in mind, and although the writer himself was a great innovator, he was complying with and influenced by other writers such as kyd (ur-hamlet?) and marlowe. despite shakespeare being renowned for his ultra-realistic characters, i do feel that.. well, i think i might have been wrong. this long-winded reply's actually turned into an argument against myself and i wouldn't now put it past shakespeare to tweak a character's emotional profile by just that extra bit. what i would say though is that subtlety would obviously be one of the main vehicles on which any homosexuality would be portrayed by a character.
Hmm, as for Marlowe,I think there's some homo-eroticic undertones between Dr Faustus and Mephasophilis! What does everyone think?
as well as to look at criticism, i must remind myself to check out those portraits of shakespeare, as to see which the side on which he got his ear pierced. i think i've heard some critics talk about how shakespeare might have himself been a queer.
oh, and if you look at a ninth folio edition, it gives us the reading of "A mid bum-a-night's dream"
Also its worth looking at David Suchet's account of how he approached the role of Iago, its in a collection of essays called "Players of Shakespeare 2" published by the rsc. Good luck!