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Iago's metaphors

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In Act 1, Scene 1, Iago metaphorically refers to Othello as a "black ram" and to Desdemona as a "white ewe." What is the effect of these metaphors?

A

Iago dehumanizes both Othello and Desdemona in order to seem more civil.

B

Iago believes his crass imagery will make the other men relate to him.

C

Iago's rank of ensign prevents him from addressing Othello and Desdemona by their given names.

D

Iago is so angry about Othello's overlooking him for a promotion that he refuses to refer to him by name.

E

Iago uses these metaphors to elicit fear in Brabantio by referencing Othello as a beastly animal and Desdemona as a pure innocent animal.