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Othello, Cassio, and Iago - Seeing is Believing Proof is something that all human beings seek. Without proving something in order for it to be valid we would have nothing to tell us when something is false. Everyday people use proof as a part of reason; it has been used to turn a hypothesis into a theory, a rumor into fact, without proof we would have nothing. There are many different ways to prove something, some more affective than others; having a person simply tell you something is true or false does not always do the job, but in simplistic matters it may be all they have to work with....   [tags: Othello, Cassio, Iago] 1891 words
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Iago Of Othello - Iago of "Othello" What makes a good villain. What qualities make one villain stand out from another. Is it their demeanor, ruthlessness, or the methods that they employ to accomplish their tasks. In any case, a great villain must leave the reader with a respect for their methods and a question about their motives. In Shakespeare's Othello, there is one character in Iago that fulfills all of these qualifications. Iago is a wonderful villain because he gains other's trust, relentlessly takes advantage of his peers' flaws, and unapologetically causes the deaths of his counterparts in order to achieve his goals....   [tags: Character Analysis Othello Iago Shakespeare] 701 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello William Shakespeare, born: 1564 died: 1616, is considered one of the greatest writers who has ever lived. He had a unique way of putting things into words. All of his plays, sonnets, and poems have gotten great recognition. But when Shakespeare wrote Othello he created one of the most controversial villains of all times; Iago. He is best described as disturbing, ruthless, and amoral. No other character can even come close to his evil (Iago: The 1). Iago, in the play Othello, is a very intriguing villain....   [tags: William shakespeare Othello Iago Essays] 1219 words
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The Character of Iago from Othello - The Character of Iago from Othello The character of Iago is crucial for the play, and its essence has often been presented as ‘the evil taking a human form.’ What is important to any attempt to understand this play is the mechanism that makes the action moving forward. If this is ‘the force of evil’, represented in the character of Iago, this gives him the most relevant role, the power to forward the entire course of the play in certain direction. A number of fortunate circumstances helps his plot, and even in the most dangerous moments everything seems to fit his plans....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Iago Plays Essays] 4193 words
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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello Who is Iago. Iago poisons people's thoughts, creating ideas in their heads without implicating himself. His first victim is Roderigo. Roderigo remarks, "That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine." [Act I, Scene I, Line 2] Throughout the play, Iago leads Roderigo, professing that ". . . I do hate [the Moor] as I do Hell pains." [Act I, Scene I, Line 152] He tells Roderigo to "Put money in thy purse" [Act I, Scene III, Line 328] so that he can win Desdemona with gifts....   [tags: Iago William shakespeare Othello Essays] 1540 words
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Iago's Mind in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Mind in William Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the character of Iago takes on the role of a person warped within his own thoughts and feelings. Although people today have the benefit of psychology, back in the 1600s people with severe psychological disorders were left un-medicated and free to roam as citizens of society. Although Iago would have benefited from medication of today, in his mind he was the best, even though his own imagination got the better of him and fed his own misguided mentality....   [tags: Iago Psychology Shakespeare Othello Essays] 1491 words
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Othello: Iago is the Devil Incarnate - In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, Iago the antagonist of the play is one of Shakespeare’s most multifaceted villains. Through deception Iago makes his fellow characters believes he is a true and honest man. All the while he is manipulating and deceiving every single one of them. Iago is not the typical villain one would now see in cinema. He has much more depth and complexity, and can be believed to be amoral; this is what gives his character such prowess. One of the most brilliantly crafted villains in history, Iago is an incredibly intelligent and creative man who shows throughout the play how apt he is at twisting the truth and turning the facts upside down, using strategies and t...   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello] 884 words
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Othello: Iago's Soliloquies and Intentions - Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions In every play there is at least one character that jumps of the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, liar, manipulator, and psychopath. It seems as though in the world of Shakespeare there is always consent power struggles throughout almost all his plays (list several examples) However, to me the most interesting of all of these, is in the play Othello. Where Iago seeks revenge on an unknowing Othello....   [tags: Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare] 1024 words
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Analysis of Othello's Iago, The Perfect Villain - How does one create the perfect villain for a story. What qualities are needed in such a character. A good place to start when constructing a villain is to look at William Shakespeare’s villain in Othello, a man called Iago. Iago is wonderfully devious. Throughout the play, he not only poisons Othello’s vision of Desdemona, he does this with no one, excepting Roderigo, the wiser. There are several reasons that make Iago such a terrifying villain. Shakespeare gave certain qualities to his creation that made Iago more than just a evil character....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Othello and Iago - Othello and Iago The tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare is a story based upon the revenge of two characters, Othello and Iago. These two characters help to prove Murphey's Law which states that if something wrong can happen it will: for Othello it is the wrongful killing of his wife and friend, for Iago it is getting caught for his actions and finally being tortured. Many historians, actors, and readers would like to argue that Othello and Iago are very complex but at a closer look you will notice that their actions are purely based upon revenge for their iniquities....   [tags: Othello essays] 811 words
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The Clever and Devious Iago of Othello - In Othello, Iago serves as a clever manipulator. He uses his skills on the stupid and naïve Roderigo to get revenge on Othello. Iago’s main reason for his hatred of Othello is because he is passed over for the lieutenant position given to Michael Cassio. Iago also seems to delight in the manipulation and destruction he is causes. One major way Iago uses his manipulation on Roderigo is by jealousy. At the start of the play, we hear a conversation between Roderigo and Iago. Roderigo is angry because he has been giving money to Iago to help him gain the love of Desdemona, but he learns of Desdemona’s marriage to Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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The Evil Iago of Othello - Iago is the poisoner and his job is to ruin lives to get what he wants by using his ironic words to destroy his victims. His evil disguised plan works on foolish Othello and Cassio, who foolishly trust Iago. Iago uses both Cassio and Othello to his advantage, noticing how trustworthy they are of him. Both Cassio and Othello make the mistake of calling Iago, honest Iago (II. Iii. 355), and when he hears this he knows that he controls Cassio and Othello. Iago is smart. He is also underestimated and ruthless....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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The Misunderstood Iago of Othello - Shakespearian tales always leave us with a plethora to ponder about the Elizabethan age and Shakespeare himself. “Othello” is no break in this mold, leaving us to ponder the roll of Iago within the harsh tale of love and murder. Iago is the one to tell Othello of his wife’s betrayal with Cassio, hence making up a story that will work to his favor yet betray those around him. Iago betrays his wife, Emilia, but not only her as he drags Othello, Desdemona, and Cassio into the mix of lies and the hatred he is spreading to improve his rank with Othello....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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The Evil Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago is a complex character that takes evil to a whole new level in the 1600’s and plays a key role in this tale. Iago’s main goal is to get Othello and Cassio out of the army, but in the end fails to ruin Cassio’s life, only Othello’s. He uses many characters to his advantage, realizing how trustworthy and oblivious these people are. Iago cannot be relied on and has many masks, behind which he hides. He has many disguises and secrets that he hides from everyone and his acting skills come in handy when he works to destroy the happiness that many people have in this story....   [tags: othello] 619 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago - Othello’s Iago         We find in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello an example of personified evil. He is the general’s ancient, Iago, and he wreaks havoc and destruction on all those under his influence.   Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar in “The Engaging Qualities of Othello” comment on how the character of Iago is the wholly expected type of villain for an Elizabethan audience:    Iago at once captures the attention of the spectator. He is the personification of the villain that Elizabethans had come to expect from Italian short stories and from Machiavellian commentary....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago the Machiavellian in Othello - Throughout history, there have been many human beings whom have been seen as either a hero or a villain. In their childhood, these people must had obstacles that were in their way, causing each individual to either work harder or give up. People, however; must understand that each individual has a potential in achieving their goals, but if one is mistreated or deceived due to jealousy, resentment, hatred, or ambition, it can lead to many catastrophic events. People who have pride and arrogance do not want to have equals, rather they want to see their victims suffer....   [tags: Othello Essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago and Othello - Iago and Othello          In Shakespeare's Othello, the character Iago, Othello's lieutenant, is the cause of all the tragedy which comes to pass as the play progresses. Iago is the antagonist of the play, but rather than being the direct opponent to the tragic hero, Iago is a manipulator, opposing Othello not directly but through other characters whom he tricks into acting for him. In the first scene of the play, Iago gives the audience warning that he is not all that he seems when he says, "I am not what I am." (I,i,65) He is first seen in this scene appearing to help Roderigo, a suitor to Desdemona, who has run off with Othello, the Moorish general of the Venician army....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 697 words
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The Motives of a Dishonest Man: Iago in Othello - One of the most outrageous literary vilians of all time is William Shakespeare’s Iago. Iago has been described with many words; villian, antagonist, cruel, selfish, malignant, chaotic, etc. What motivation could one have that would posses them to act in ways to be labeled as such. Are there even any motives present, or is it just the nature of the character that gives Iago his naturaly naughty personality. Many people see the main motive of Iago’s chaotic nature as the simple fact that he can do it, so he does....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ] 1917 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago - The Character of Iago      In Othello, by William Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing characters is Iago. At first glance he seems to be pure evil, but I think his actions are much more complex. Through thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things that benefit him and move him closer to his goals. This character is consumed with envy and deceit that leads to theft and killing. Iago is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and the other characters towards their tragic endings....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Troubled Iago - Troubled Iago       Unquestionably the most perfidious character within the cast of Shakespeare’s Othello is the cunning Iago. He spends his life, it would seem, taking revenge on the general and destroying nearly everyone around himself. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” elaborates on Iago’s exact function and place in the play: . . . Iago ruins Othello by insinuating into his mind the question, ‘How do you know?’ The tragic experience with which this play is concerned is loss of faith, and Iago is the instrument to bring Othello to this crisis of his being....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Racism and Jealousy in Othello - Racism and Jealousy in Othello The theme of racism is strongly depicted in William Shakespeare's Othello. It depicts the attitude of European society towards those that were different in colour, race and language. In Europe, people of white complexion were the majority and all other races were considered to be less important and inferior.      There are several characters in this play that portray this mentality. These characters include Brabantio, Roderigo and Emilia. But by far, the face of racism in this play is that of Iago, who makes his intentions crystal clear in his soliloquy where he states I hate the Moor, (I, iii, 379)....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello Iago Essays] 771 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago - Othello – Honest Iago Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, is that of honesty.  In the play, the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago."  However, this could not be farther from the truth.  Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals.  He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others.  Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 785 words
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Othello and Iago ? Two of a kind? - When reading Shakespeare's “Othello the Moor of Venice”, the two main hero's seem to be very different, both in character and actions. Othello seems to be an honest man who believes other people. He is respected by society for his nobility and bravery. Iago is a villain, plotting around not only against Othello. Othello demotes him to a lower status, and despite beeing a trained soldier, Iago is quite a coward when it comes to confronting an enemy with a sword. Although these two figures seem so different, they are [much more] alike, in more than one way....   [tags: essays research papers] 1274 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Deception as Catalyst for Truth - Iago: Deception as Catalyst for Truth   The audience will achieve a more complete understanding of Iago in The Tragedy of Othello if Iago is viewed as a complex character and not simply as a conventional "villain."  Iago's devious schemes destroy lives both literally and figuratively, but they may also serve to reveal the character of others in intricate ways.  A critical interpretation of Iago reveals that although he is principally a deceiver, he is also a dramatic agent of truth.  Even though his acts are malicious and deceitful, the title "honest Iago" is fitting in the sense that he reveals the true nature of his victims, as well as the propensity for human beings to act in accordanc...   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago - The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago At the start of Othello, Iago makes very clear to Roderigo the apparent cause for his hatred of the general. His lack of promotion to lieutenant leads him to declare: …be judge yourself, Whether I in any just term am affin'd To love the Moor. (I, i, 38-40.) FN1 As Roger Moore has pointed out in an essay accompanying this one, such a motive is not a grand-scale one, nor one which might cast Iago as the Universal Villain....   [tags: Papers] 1173 words
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The Real Monster, Othello or Iago - The Real Monster, Othello or Iago In order to decipher who is the real monster, Othello or Iago, I must first gain a suitable knowledge of what a monster is. The Oxford Paperback Dictionary and Thesaurus defines a monster to be, ‘an inhumanely wicked person.’ The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary interprets a monster as, ‘one unnaturally wicked or mischievous.’ This shows that concept of what a monster is has remained fairly constant over time. This leads me to believe that when Shakespeare was creating Othello his ideas as to what a monster was were similar to that of those today....   [tags: Papers] 3229 words
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The Relationship Between Othello and Iago - The Relationship Between Othello and Iago In this scene Iago persuades Cassio, who is on watch, to drink, knowing that he is not a drinker and that he will be easy to antagonise. Roderigo provokes Cassio into a fight and Othello, hearing the disturbance, arrives to find the nobleman Montano seriously injured. Cassio gives no explanation, Montano pleads self-defence, and say that Iago knows best, so Iago is ordered to speak, 'Iago, who began't?" This passage starts with Othello, who appears to have interrupted someone, as there is a line break....   [tags: Papers] 657 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as Good Strategician and Lucky Opportunist - Iago - Good Strategician and Lucky Opportunist       Like with many evil personalities in history and literature the question is always asked did he really plan to make this happen or was it just luck and convenient circumstances, was it intentional or just circumstantial. To determine how good Iago really is at plotting and whether it is really his own influence or just lucky circumstances that cause events I will examine his asides, soliloquies and interaction with key characters because they give an extra insight into his character....   [tags: Othello essays]
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From a Villain to a Victim and Back: Othello and Iago - From a Villain to a Victim and Back: Othello and Iago Of all the complex and thought-provoking plays of William Shakespeare, Othello must be the most complicated and enticing one. Offering a plethora of three-dimensional characters and developing an intriguing plot, the play conveys the author’s idea of the battle between good and evil and offers specific, unconventional characters. Following the development of the characters, good and evil intertwine in the lead characters, Othello and Iago, which makes the choice between an ultimately negative character and a one that comprises both virtuous and unethical features complicated....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Comparing and Contrasting the Chiaroscuros Between Othello and Iago - In a work of typical literature, the blackness of something represents its darkness and how evil it is, and the whiteness represents the purity and goodness of something. William Shakespeare plays with the status quo of literature in his play Othello by giving Iago, a white man who should represent purity, an evil, black heart and by giving Othello, a black man, a noble, white heart when he should represent evil. Shakespeare “founds his play on the rupture between outward signifiers and inward signifiers, between the Moor’s evil-seeming black face and his ‘perfect soul’, between his ancient’s honest-seeming white exterior and the ulcerous evil that breeds around his heart” (Calderwood 59)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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The Deepest Depths of Schadenfreude - As boldly stated by Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” They find pleasure in others’ pain and misfortune. In Shakespeare’ Othello, Iago portrays this exact character type. Whether a result of nature, nurture, or jealousy, Iago bases his actions solely in an effort to destroy Othello. Countless scientists and philosophers have, for years, debated the argument between whether nature or nurture determines how a person acts. From Freud, to Charles Darwin, to even Shakespeare himself, the debate has continued for centuries....   [tags: Othello's Iago, Genetics, Manipulation]
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Othello and Iago's Relationship - Othello and Iago's Relationship The most striking and relevant tone behind this extract, is the irony between the two men, whereby there roles are reversed in the audiences eyes. This is shown with Othello being the General, hence superior to Iago, but in social and mental terms Iago is taking control, using his intelligence and deceitful malice, to manipulate and destroy the strong Othello, first seen at the beginning of the play. However there is more to this irony, in terms of dramatic irony, seen throughout the whole extract....   [tags: Papers] 587 words
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Othello and Iago Comparison - Othello and Iago Comparison Othello and Iago are different in their characters as well as in their colours. It could be said also, however, that they are similar because of their fallibility. Iago is overcome with his desire for revenge to such an extent that he puts it into action. Othello's love and possessiveness of Desdemona take over him until he eventually would rather kill her than allow anyone else to have her. In this way, despite their contrasts, Iago and Othello both represent the extremity of the same thing - human emotion....   [tags: Papers] 556 words
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The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello - The Irony of William Shakespeare's Othello Irony plays a great role in ?The Tragedy of Othello?. The villain, Iago, plans from the very beginning of the play to ruin Othello?s life. All the major characters in the play believe that Iago is an honest and trustworthy person. The tragic irony is that Iago fools them all. Throughout the whole play Iago manipulates the people around him and lies to them. Iago is very distressed, because Michael Cassio was promoted to Othello?s lieutenant instead of himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]
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The Jealousy of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Jealously of Iago in Othello      Iago's crimes define pathological jealousy and a sheer desire for revenge. His acts are pre-meditated and have reasons. In various soliloquies, he reveals grudges that, while mostly false or overblown, present themselves as clear to Iago. Iago masters duplicity, even remarking himself "I am not what I am." (line 67) Many of his dark motives are probably concealed from the audience. In his few soliloquies, he presents definitive motives for his vengeful desires....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Examining the Jealousy of Iago and Othello - Literary Analysis Jealousy can do horrible things to people, and It could even cause their death as Marleen states, “Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but Jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time” In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello caused Desdamona’s death because she never thought of running away when Othello was getting jealous and wanted to kill her. Desdemona's love made her ignore Othello's jealousy. The theme of jealousy is demonstrated in the play by Iago and Othello....   [tags: shakespeare, literary analysis] 577 words
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The Unscrupulous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - In William Shakespeare's play, Othello, there is an example of evil personified. He is the character of Iago, and he wreaks havoc and destruction on all those under his influence. As the play develops, we see unfolded a plethora of lies, deceptions and clever schemes. Iago seizes every opportunity to advance his malicious plan to his advantage. Greed and jealousy play a major role as a motive for his various schemes. Iago first reveals his cunning and unscrupulous behavior in his encounter with Rodrigo.  Iago easily controls Rodrigo and he is very aware of his power over him.  He plans to use his influence over him for his own good.  He shows this by saying "Thus do I ever make my fool my p...   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago     The old cliché "One bad apple ruins the bunch" is what enters one's mind when discussing the villainous, deceitful, protagonist Iago in Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello." It is amazing how one person alone can completely destroy, or deteriorate a group of good natured, trusting, loyal peoples' lives in a matter of days- three to be exact. What is the motive behind Iago's heinous, selfish acts, one may ask. A rather obvious theme in the Shakespeare's tragedy, "Othello", is that of the many facets of jealousy, which instigate the evil-doings of protagonist, Iago....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago in Othello         No one has ever failed to appreciate the skilled art with which Shakespeare has defined the characters of his plays; great and small alike, their distinctiveness, their dignity, their misery, and their integrity are captured and displayed.  In particular the depiction of certain characters in Othello have been universally acclaimed.  Identified by many scholars as one of Shakespeare "great" tragedies, along with Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear, Othello follows a traditional tragic pattern, tracing the central character's fall from greatness and bringing together qualities of nobility with choices that lead to inevitable suffering....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Character of Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - Perhaps the most sinister of all characters ever created by the Bard of Avon is in his tragedy Othello. It is Iago – the cause of everyone’s problems in the play. Let us focus a strong light on his character in this essay. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us on the ancient: Iago’s machinations yield him both “sport” and “profit” (1.3.387); that is, he enjoys his evildoing, although he is also driven by a motive. This Vice-like behavior inhuman garb creates a restless sense of a dark metaphysical reality lying behind his visible exterior....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Snake: Iago in Othello - ... Of course, the audience and Iago know that Desdemona will never marry Roderigo, no matter the amount of the money. She is not the type of person who would marry for money. Despite that, Iago manipulates Roderigo’s feelings for his own benefit. In Act 2, Iago is a deceptive person. He is able to effortlessly pretend that he loves Cassio, even though he is plotting to get him fired. There is a part of Act 2 of Scene 3, where a brawl has just taken place between Cassio and Roderigo. Cassio is made drunk by Iago; Roderigo takes advantage of this and picks a fight with him....   [tags: revenge, evil, manipulative, cunning] 1242 words
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The Characterization of Iago and Othello - In the play, Othello by William Shakespeare, the memorable ideas have been presented through dramatic techniques by the characterization of Iago and Othello. These two characters are the cause and effect of the play and through them, the destruction of human nature, the question of the effect that love can have on our ability to reason and the deceptive nature of man are explored. Love links the ideas of jealousy and deception, as Iago manipulates this strong emotion to his advantage. Also, Shakespeare’s dramatic technique of presenting this story as a play, is what is able to reveal all the ideas and themes to the extent that the full emotion and feelings are able to be felt by the audience...   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1382 words
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The Evil Iago of Othello - Evil masterminds are always successful in their diabolical schemes, but each one does it in their own special way. Some may be highly ranked and powerful, but some may be simple people in a simple community. In the play Othello, the simple ancient, Iago is very successful at his schemes. Iago is able to get the trust of everyone around him, and to appear honest. He is also driven to continue with his schemes and to never quite. From the first scene of the play to the last, Iago is able to be trusted by everyone....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Character Analysis] 613 words
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Honest Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago of Othello     To most of the world William Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest dramatist in history.  His plays have been performed for centuries through various interpretations.  Shakespeare's vast knowledge, and writing style made his works interesting for both the intellectual, and the illiterate.  One of these styles is the use of motifs, which is seen extensively in Othello.  An important example that runs throughout Othello, is Iago's honesty.  This motif gave existence to Shakespeare's perfect villain....   [tags: Othello essays] 795 words
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The Lost Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Lost Iago in Othello         In Shakespeare’s Othello the sinister nature of the ancient casts a pall of uneasiness over the narrative of the play. How can the evil influence of one character be so pervasive. Let us in this essay probe his character and find answers to our questions.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne exposes Iago’s inability to praise women when Desdemona asks him how he would do it:   Iago’s worry that he cannot do what Desdemona asks implies that his dispraise of women was candid and easily produced, while the praise requires labour and inspiration from a source beyond himself....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Evil Iago of Shakespeare's Othello -     Can any other character of Shakespeare’s match the evil intent always present within the action of the Moor’s ancient, Iago. I seriously doubt it. Let us examine his sinister person in detail. First of all, Iago’s very words paint him for what he is. Robert Di Yanni in “Character Revealed Through Dialogue” states that the evil antagonist reveals his character quite plainly through his speech: Iago’s language reveals his coarseness; he crudely reduces sexual love to animal copulation. It also shows his ability to make things happen: he has infuriated Brabantio....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - Character Development of Iago, Desdemona and Othello - Character Development of Iago, Desdemona and Othello   The three characters of Iago, Desdemona and Othello are gradually revealed to the audience as Act One unfolds. All three are linked to one another and talk to and about each other. Their characters unfold through their interaction with others and how they behave in isolation. The first impression formed of Iago comes from what Roderigo says. Being gullible, Roderigo has given Iago his purse. A character who accepts an offer like this is likely to be of doubtful reputation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 1039 words
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Villainous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - Villainous Iago of Othello            Who can compare in depth of evil to the villainous Iago in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. His villainy is incomparably destructive on all of those around him.   Iago’s very language reveals the level at which his evil mind works. Francis Ferguson in “Two Worldviews Echo Each Other” describes the types of base, loathsome imagery used by the antagonist Iago when he “slips his mask aside” while awakening Brabantio:   Iago is letting loose the wicked passion inside him, as he does from time to time throughout the play, when he slips his mask aside....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Talent of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Talent of Iago in Othello        William Shakespeare's Othello is a tragic drama that shows the overwhelming power of deception and the damage it can lead to.  Othello's right-hand man is Iago; on the surface a die-hard friend and confidant, in reality comparable to the devil himself.  Iago uses other characters as though they were his puppets, planting lies and watching the sorrowful fruit born.  Iago deceives virtuous, yet weaker men (such as Cassio and Roderigo) with ease, but feels greatly threatened by the most powerful, virtuous general in the land - Othello.  Othello's only flaw is jealousy, and Iago exploits this to no end, using him to get what he wants.  Iago's talent to ma...   [tags: Shakespeare Othello Essays]
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The Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago in Othello      In the play Othello, the character Iago plays a paramount role in the destruction of Othello and all of those around him.  Some critics state that Iago's actions are motiveless and that he is a purely evil character.  However, during the course of this paper, certain motives for Iago's actions will be discussed.             For the first motive to be understood the reader must become knowledgeable of Othello's heritage and the setting of the play.  Othello is a Moslem from North Africa.  He is living in Venice.  He is the leader of the Venetian forces.  Anthony Burgess, a Shakespearean critic, believes that Othello's color has nothing to do with Iago...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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The Revenge of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Revenge of Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare's "Othello," Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello's head that lead him to his own demise. More importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago's immense appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago's devious plan is initially made clear in the first of three major soliloquies, in which he proclaims Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia: "And it is thought abroad that t'wi...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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Iago the Conniver in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago the Conniver in Othello         If there were more than one evil presence in Shakespeare’s Othello who had the intensity of Iago, the play would be unbearably pessimistic. Let us examine the character who is unexcelled in his evil ways.   Lily B. Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes expounds on the self-centered philosophy of Iago:   To Iago love is merely “a lust of the blood and a permission of the will”. Self-love, which is in the thinking of  Shakespeare’s day the mother of all vices, is the only love that Iago respects....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago's Motivation in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Motivation in Othello      Iago is a "moral pyromaniac."  Harold C. Goddard writes that Iago consciously and unconsciously seeks to destroy the lives of others, especially others with high moral standards (Goddard 76).  However, Iago is more than just a "moral pyromaniac," he is a moral pyromaniac whose fire is fueled by pure hatred.  He is a hungry powermonger whose appetite for destruction can only be satisfied after he has chewed up and spat out the lives of others.  Iago lusts for power, but his sense of power is attained by manipulating and annihilating others in a cruel and unusual way.  Iago prepares and ignites his victims and then watches, with an e...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in Othello     In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello we see a morally depraved character, perhaps a very mentally sick individual, named Iago. His personality and development during the play is the subject of this essay. In Shakespeare’s Four Giants Blanche Coles comments on the mental illness that appears to afflict the despicable Iago: When such old time critics as H. N. Hudson, who wrote nearly a hundred years ago, saw that Iago was not acting from revenge, one is more than surprised to find modern critics, who have had the advantage of the progress that has been made in the study of abnormal psychology, accepting Iago for anything but what he is, and what Shakespeare i...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Malignant Iago of Shakespeare's Othello -     Pure evil is like a cancerous plague that harms all those who come upon it.  In the tragic play “Othello” by William Shakespeare, Iago is a character that represents pure evil – a malignant cancer to all those around him.  His evil is exposed through his choice of words, his ability to manipulate people, and his opportunistic ways.       First, Iago’s evil is shown through his choice of words that demonstrate his vulgarity and his sinister intentions.  Iago’s language is extremely base and forward; he does show any remorse or sympathy in any situation.  For example, Desdemona has recently married Othello; when Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, hears the news he becomes enraged.  To make...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play - Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play Othello, the main character in the play is married to Desdemona. At the start of the play Othello is seen as evil and bad by all the other characters and the audience. Brobantio (Desdemona's father), dislikes Othello very much at the start of the play. This is because Othello married Desdemona without her father's consent and Brobantio thinks Othello has used black magic to win Desdemona's love. Whereas, this isn't the case, Othello married Desdemona because he loved her and she loved him....   [tags: Papers] 2319 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago has No Conscience - Iago of Othello   Iago has no conscience. He is an angry man and is happy to take down everyone around him to get what he wants: revenge. It is in Act 1, Scene 3, that he devises his evil plan. Here we can see inside Iago's mind. It is easy to see that his primary motivation is jealousy: jealousy that Othello may have slept with his wife, and jealousy that Othello chose Cassio over him. As he plots his revenge, it is clear Iago respects and cares for no one. (Act 1, Scene 3, 378-381) I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets H'as done my office....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 604 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Abnormal Psychology and Iago - Abnormal Psychology and Iago in Othello         When the Bard of Avon created the evil Iago in the tragedy Othello, he entered into the area of irrational behavior and abnormal psychology. This essay will examine this branch of science as it relates to the play.   David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies describes the irrationality and self-destructiveness of the ancient’s behavior:   Emilia understands that jealousy is not a rational affliction but a self-induced disease of the mind....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello - The Motivations of Iago in Othello - The Motivations of Iago in Othello         Have you ever met a devil who does evil for his own sake. Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello could seem like he has good motives, but I feel that he uses them as his excuses. The first thing that I did was uncovered Iago's motives. Iago is the most controversial character in Othello. He is able to keep his true thoughts and motives from everyone. Are his motives only excuses for his actions. Iago pretends to have so many motives that they seem more like excuses....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 799 words
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Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play - Othello and Iago in William Shakespeare's Play William Shakespeare was born on 1594, in Stratford upon Avon on 23rd April. His father was john Shakespeare and his mother was Mary Arden. His parents lost two children before William was born; they had five who all died young. In November 1582, he married Anne Hathaway. William was 18 and Anne was 26. There first born child was Susana. Two years later they had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died in 1596 aged 11. Shakespeare died aged 52, on 23rd April 1616....   [tags: Papers] 1014 words
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Analysis Of Characters Othello, Iago and Desdemona - Analysis Of Characters Othello, Iago and Desdemona Works Cited Missing Desdemona is the daughter of Brabantio, a man of reputation in Venice, and the wife of Othello, also a man spoken often of. She is part of the upper class of Venetian society. Desdemona may be perceived by the audience as a character to be admired and respected or as a naive young woman in need of attention ....   [tags: Papers] 854 words
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Iago and Honesty in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago and Honesty in Othello   Iago uses the word "honest" in act three of Othello in three primary ways.  The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio.  He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassio's honesty, and question his hounorablility.  The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio.  Iago uses it in the context that the two may be "truthful," again to make Othello doubt.  The third way is Iago's most effective use, which is to use honest in the context to mean truthful, as in, he has told Othello the truth.  However, Shakespeare has created tremendous dramatic irony, for we know that Iago is being anything except truthful. ...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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Iago as the Hero of Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as the Hero of Othello       A Shakespearean play always includes a typical villain character. He is boisterous, egotistical, sometimes witty, and all too eager to seek revenge. In William Shakespeare Othello, Iago is the well-liked, trusted, and brave ensign of the great Venetian general Othello, or so it appears. Iago actually possesses all of the typical villainous qualities, however Iago conducts himself with great composure, and by manipulating his counterparts, he makes people believe he is on their side....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Shakespeare's Othello Essay - Honest Iago - Othello - Honest Iago The most interesting and round character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "honest" Iago. Through carefully though-out words and actions, Iago manipulates others to do things in which he benefits. Iago is the main driving force in "Othello," pushing several characters towards their tragic end. Iago is not a traditional villain for he plays a unique and complex role. Unlike most villains in tragic plays, evidence of Iago's deception is not clearly visible....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 698 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Unequivocally, Iago plays an important and major function in the tragedy of Othello. By the end of the play, Iago has been directly responsible for the deaths of Roderigo, Emilia and the protagonist and his love. Iago's importance to the play is revealed by his contribution to the plot and his significance relative to other characters. Iago's function, which invariably adds to the importance he has on the play, is to lead to the downfall of Othello therefore revealing the themes of hate, jealousy and revenge....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays] 2694 words
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Pretending by Queen Elizabeth and Othello’s Iago - Pretending by Queen Elizabeth and Othello’s Iago In today's society, nothing is really what it seems.  Those great "free-bees" you win are never really free and no deal is really as good as it sounds.  Even people don't seem to be stable anymore because they are always changing to fit the current trend or to blend in with the newest "crowd".  They live their lives covered with a mask and they forget or don't want to be what is most important, themselves, and this is what is called pretending.  The idea of "pretending" is when someone "seems" or acts to be something they are not.  Although we see this happening a lot today, the act of pretending goes back much further.  The act of "pretend...   [tags: Othello essays] 1814 words
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The Complex Character of Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - The Complex Character of Iago of Othello      Iago can be clearly characterized as the villain in Shakespeare’s Othello.  The notion of the "honest" Iago does at times appear not to be a misnomer.  In this essay I shall attempt to explore the complexities contained within the character of Iago.   One of the most interesting questions that crops up is the one concerning Iago’s motives. What are his reasons to kill every major Venetian in Cyprus. Shakespeare seemingly sets the stage for Iago’s actions, giving him two distinct reasons to avenge Othello....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - ... Othello traverses several themes and Iago's motivation through revenge is constantly reminded to the audience of his justified motive is clear. However, his motives lose sight from just Othello as Iago's psychopathic nature is prevalent through the havoc forced on other characters and especially his euphemisms towards Emelia potentially cheating. As the play progresses it is subtle but Iago assumes a rumor that Othello and/or Cassio have slept with Emelia ( Act 2 Scene 1). The premise to undermine Cassio reveals through Iago's soliloquy in which Iago states " "for I fear Cassio with my night-cap too (Act 2 Scene 1)"....   [tags: character analysis, shakespearean protagonists]
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The Absolute Evil of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - The Absolute Evil of Iago in Othello   What marks consummate villainy is the willingness to be absolutely evil-to have no qualms about being diabolical and no strains of human morality.  Because feeling for another leads one to experience guilt, even an iota of empathy is a character flaw that will lead to the downfall of a villain.  To succeed, the villain needs to emulate the character Iago in Othello, who consistently works his evil throughout the whole play and does not slip until the end, when there is simply no way he can turn the situation to his advantage.  Iago is a model for the ultimate villain because he operates on a self-styled level of morality, such that he never doubts hi...   [tags: Essays on Othello]
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Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago - The Character of Iago There is no doubt in « Othello » as to the role Shakespeare has given Iago, he is the villain, masterful at deceit he generates most evil in the play. The clever soldier, his incredible acting allows him to be two or three completely different people. During most of the Act the audience finds itself constantly trying to find a motive for Iago’s actions but finds none that can justify what he is about to do. What does seem to come back again and again is his view on women which he sees as sex rapacious and a danger to his machiavellian plans....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1448 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - The Triangle Between Othello, Iago, and Cassio - The Triangle Between Othello, Iago, and Cassio I chose to look at the triangle between Othello , Iago, and Cassio because these three men are very important in the play. They are important to each other and the people around them. The relationship between the three of them is very strange because someone is always trying to get back at the other one and they don’t care about each others feelings or anyone else’s. In the end this leads to a blood shed fight. Othello is the main character, heÕs the head of the Vinician army and he has just made Cassio his Lieutenant....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1145 words
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Iago as the Representation of Evil in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as the Representation of Evil in Othello In Shakespeare's, Othello, the reader is presented the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good. It is these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello, a noble Venetian moor, well known by the people of Venice as an honorable soldier and a worthy leader. Othello's breakdown results in the murder of his wife Desdemona. Desdemona is representative of the good in nature. Good can be defined as forgiving, honest, innocent and unsuspecting....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago as the Perfect Villain of Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as the Perfect Villain of Othello      Iago, the villain in Shakespeare’s Othello, is a round character of great depth and many dimensions. Iago works towards an aim that is constantly changing and becomes progressively more tragic. Yet, at times, "honest" Iago does actually seem honest. This essay will explore the complex character of "honest Iago. One of the most interesting questions that crops up is concerning Iago’s motives. What are his reasons to kill every major Venetian in Cyprus....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago as a Satan Figure in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as a Satan Figure in Othello      The play "Othello" by William Shakespeare is based on an Italian story in Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi (Groliers). In "Othello" we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare's most evil characters.  Iago is an ensign in Othello's army and is jealous of Cassio's promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see unfolded a plethora of lies and clever schemes. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any forethought....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago's Manipulative Nature in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago's Manipulative Nature in Othello   Iago's manipulative nature has a profound effect on the decisions made by other characters in Shakespeare's ‘Othello’. Through his relations with those around him Shakespear characterizes him as a man full of malice, vengeance and dishonesty that is wholly inspired by jealousy. Furthermore it would appear that Iago has an exceptional ability to scheme, a talent which he uses to snake his way into the lives of others and exploit them through their weaknesses....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Iago’s Scheming in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago’s Scheming in Othello   Iago is a powerful predator who exploits those around him by infecting their perceptions of truth with carefully chosen fallacy. His skill in finding the proverbial chinks in others' armor allows him to skillfully weave his machinations of destroying Othello into their minds and actions; by manipulating character's perceptions of Desdemona, Iago gains the leverage he needs to exploit each character. No one is impervious to Iago's seething purpose; even Othello falls prey to Iago's suggestions and insinuations about Desdemona....   [tags: Othello essays] 841 words
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The Devil as Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello - The Devil as Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello   One question that has often been debated amongst literary scholars is what could have motivated Iago to set off such a chain of events which accumulated in the horrific amount of death and tragic consequences that occur in William Shakespeare’s play Othello. On the surface, one could artificially assume that Iago was spurred by two reasons to carry out such a malicious and inhumane plan. His anger of being passed over for lieutenantship by Othello in favor of Cassio, coupled with his inclinations that his wife has slept with Othello, drives Iago to partake in dangerous and seemingly insurmountable actions in order to climb up the social ladder...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Othello, by Shakespeare: Character Analysis of Iago - Humans have the ability to be good, evil, or any shade therein; consequently, if they choose the path of evil they leave innocent victims in their wake. Iago is such a person. In Othello, Iago constantly took advantage of every situation and every angle that he could to produce a vicious outcome. While the other characters remained oblivious, Iago’s conversations among them separately, as well as his asides, shed light on a major theme of the play: people are not what they appear to be. When Iago talks to Roderigo, the reader is aware that he is using this character to achieve and afford his dastardly plans....   [tags: Role of Antagonist]
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Othello - Honest Iago - In the play Othello the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago." Ironically, this could not be farther from the truth. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals. He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others. Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end. Iago wants vengeance on Othello so he targets his wife Desdemona....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Iago as Expert Manipulator in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as Expert Manipulator in Othello        In Othello, by William Shakespeare, the character of Iago cleverly and skillfully alters the appearance of reality within certain characters minds that are clouded by emotion. While Iago does deceive both Cassio and Roderigo, the most vulnerable character to Iago's treachery appears to be Othello. By being a good director and manipulator of emotions and intentions, Iago carries out his plan to exploit Othello's mental weakness almost flawlessly. Iago's ability to bend and sometimes replace the truth with his own lies drives the overall action of the play....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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