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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 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 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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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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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 - 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: Shakespearean Literature] 534 words
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Iago - 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 have 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: Shakespearean Literature] 573 words
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Iago - Iago, More than Just a Villain Iago, the evil villain of Shakespeare's Othello, is more than just a villain. In many ways he is the most intelligent and appealing character in the play. Iago shows superiority over the rest of the characters in the play. He has the ability to manipulate the characters in the play, therefore controlling the play with every sequence of events. His intelligence shines through his ability to deceive, his ability to strategize, and his ability to twist the truth. Iago is appealing to the characters of the pay because he gives them what they want....   [tags: essays research papers] 1140 words
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Dissecting Iago - ... He calls Iago “honest” which is depicted numerous times in the book. Honest can also be seen has trustworthy and sincere which is the complete opposite of Iago’s true personality or what the reader observes given what we understand from Iago’s monologues. Iago makes speeches showing his true feelings and his objectives throughout the play making it clear that he wants revenge against Othello. Iago’s objective develops exclusively with Othello during each act since he already has Othello’s trust before the play even begins....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Iago's Manipulation - ... With the line, “But for my sport and profit”, it is clear that Iago sees enriching himself off Roderigo’s envy as an amusing task with such an easy mark (Shakespeare 1473). Roderigo is a simple-minded fool who believes that by giving money to a lowly ensign he can win the love of Desdemona, have her marriage to Othello dissolved, and restore her virtue. What is not clear is whether Desdemona would even consider Roderigo’s advances. We know that Roderigo has failed in previous attempts to court Desdemona and Brabantio “charged thee not to haunt my doors” (Shakespeare 1458)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Iago's Influence - Is it fate that we as a people will be brought to destruction by our own means. In the story of Othello, Iago seeks to prove this point to all those who surround him. Through manipulation and lies, the villainous Iago shows how people can come to quickly distrust others, and escalate situations until death. Iago’s hope is to not only cause destruction, but to watch other wreak it upon themselves. By playing the role of both trustworthy friend and sly controller, Iago illustrates how one man’s knowledge of human nature can direct the actions of those around him....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1455 words
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Iago, The Egomaniac - If I were to tell you that typing “famous selfish characters” into Google would produce a link to a Iago analysis, would you be surprised. English poet Samuel Coleridge might have had mixed feelings. He once described Iago as a motiveless malignity during a lecture given the winter of 1818. According to Coleridge, motive was not a factor in his actions but instead a natural instinct to commit evil acts. Shakespeare gives us clues to Iago’s perspective that instead explain those unseen motives as attempts to benefit his own selfish cause....   [tags: Literary Characters] 1280 words
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Understanding Iago - Iago is a man who has been molded by his experiences. Shakespearean characters traditionally act merely as stock characters; they fulfill a role that is necessary to the story and they are merely characters created in the vacuum of that play. The action of the play and the circumstances surrounding the story dictate how characters act and respond to events. Interesting to Othello, each character is guided by their experiences outside of the play. What happened to them before the play started guides how they act within the play....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1372 words
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Iago the villain - Iago the villain William Shakespeare, in his play, “Othello the Moor of Venice”, brings to life one of his most complex villains, Iago. Iago plays the ancient of Othello, who is the general of the Venetian forces. As an ancient, Iago is to be a loyal servant to Othello. However, Iago has grown bitter and contempt and uses his supposed loyalty as a wedge to cause Othello’s demise. It has been said of Iago that he is the devil incarnate or that he personifies the devil (pg. 244) this accusation comes to life as you read the play and discover for yourself that in each scene in which Iago speaks one can point out his deception....   [tags: essays research papers] 1358 words
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Honest Iago - Honest Iago The poet Coleridge appropriately described the character of Iago as being one of "motiveless malignity." Throughout the play Iago’s motives are secondary to, and seem only to serve as justification for, his actions. Iago is driven by his nature of character. To discuss Coleridge’s assessment we must look at Iago’s character—from Iago’s point of view and that of the other characters—his motives, methods, and pawns. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him; all the while he is pushing Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia, and Cassio to their tragic end....   [tags: essays papers] 2159 words
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Iago, an Analysis - Iago was the villain men envied and woman wanted. Some theorist hypothesized that Iago in fact had no interest in the ladies but was more captivated by the men. Iago was likely the most vicious villains in Shakespeare. He played the two faced liar smiting and betraying his fellow characters. He plays three sides of a story, while at one point he is the best comrade a person could have, at another he is back stabbing and yet another throwing hints to the audience. Iago is, in my opinion, the main character creating the most depth and interest throughout the entire play....   [tags: European Literature] 347 words
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Iago: A Character Sketch - Iago is Othello’s ensign and wishes to be promoted to lieutenant. At first it seems as though Iago is motivated solely by the desire to become lieutenant, but as the story progresses the reader learns that Iago is far more complicated than that. After only the first act of the play the reader figures out that Iago is never who he seems to be. Throughout Act I, Iago puts on many façades and false pretenses, making him a very complex character with multiple motivations. In the opening scene of Othello, Iago is pretending to be a friend to Roderigo....   [tags: Literary Characters] 531 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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Iago’s Jealousy - Iago’s Jealousy In Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, good is often confronted by evil, in which almost every case is in the form of jealousy. Iago, the plays antagonist, is a very manipulative villain. Iago uses his own agony and distress brought upon him by his envy of others, to provoke the same agony within the characters in the play. Jealousy’s ability are shown to influence people to new ends and make all humanistic judgment disappear leaving that man a monster torn apart by envy. Jealousy’s true destructive wrath and the pure evil it brings out in people can be revealed through Iago’s actions throughout the tragedy Othello....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 917 words
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Othello: Iago is the Devil Incarnate - ... “There are a kind of men so loose of soul That in their sleeps will mutter their affairs. One kind of this is Cassio. In sleep I heard him say, ‘Sweet Desdemona, Let us be wary, let us hide our loves.” [Act III, Scene III] This scene is an excellent example of how Iago lies to Othello, and begins the excessive paranoia Othello starts to experience for the remainder of the play. Iago is constantly building on Othello’s paranoid state of mind and in one case does this by asking his wife, Emilia, who is also Desdemona’s close friend, to ensure the Cassio and Desdemona speak....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello] 884 words
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Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions - ... In addition, that she held back her natural feelings to be with Othello. “ Foh. One may smell in such a will most rank, foul disproportions, thoughts unnatural but pardon me – I do not in position distinctly speak of her; though I fear her will recoiling to her better judgment, may fall to match you with her country forms, and happily repent. (Shakespeare, Orgel, and R. ) Othello often takes Iago’s words with great face. Showing how trusting and opposite Othello is in comparison to Iago. Even constantly referring to him as loyal and honest....   [tags: Literary Characters]
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Iago: Daemonized or Demonized? - ... Suspicions Iago has placed cleverly in Othello’s head. Much credit must be given to Iago's diabolical prowess, which enables him to bend and twist the supple minds of his friends, and loved ones. Iago goes on to feed the flames of Othello’s jealousy by saying, “She did deceive her father, marrying you; / And when she seem'd to shake and fear your looks / She lov'd them most” (Shakespeare 47). In other words, Iago is saying, look Othello deception is in her character. She fooled her father, and she also fooled you....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Iago's Soliloquy Analysis - ... Directly after this, you hear of Iago’s feelings towards Othello (the Moor). You learn of Iago’s suspicion about his wife having an affair with Othello. This gains pity from the audience, because you feel that Iago is a man deeply distraught over the idea of his wife cheating on him. Iago then begins to contemplate how he would seek vengeance on Othello and gain his title. Iago plans to use Othello’s trust and opinion of him to his advantage. He speaks about how he will use Cassio as his pawn to lure Othello into believing his wife, Desdemona is being unloyal to him....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1700 words
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Iago: Suffering Through Evil - ... Iago was easily able to confuse Othello by “psychological suggestion, aided by eavesdropping, false report, and manipulation of the evidence” which led Othello into his jealous assumptions of Desdemona’s unfaithful actions (McCloskey). Othello believes this “honest Iago” so much that he doesn’t even bother to confront either of the people who are accused of these actions. Thus, Othello’s final verdict “is that of the emotional man who judges as he feels”, not of the strong powerful man who was so liberated before Iago started in on his evil conspiracy....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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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 manipulate the truth and control other people with his lies is what gives this play momentum.  More than any other characteristic, Iago preys on those who are emotionally unsure of their desires.  Iago manages to find ways of altering these characters' perceptions of reality, forcing them to believe in the dark world that Iago has created for them.  The main emotions that Iago bends and twists are those of love and jealousy, which Iago calls "the green eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on" (3.3.179-180)....   [tags: Shakespeare Othello Essays]
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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.  The three uses of the word honest are used largely in the subtext of the act, they are used by Iago to force Othello to question his wife's integrity, and honesty.  Shakespeare uses the word by Iago to plant tremendous doubt in Othello's mind.  The word is also used by Iago in the action line.  His objective is constantly to make Othello think things without actually being told them, and Iago's parroting of the word and constant useage do this quite nicely....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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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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Iago as the Hero of Othello by Shakespeare - Iago as the Hero of Othello by Shakespeare In most plays and novels, the protagonist is the main character, who is viewed as a good person who has bad things happen to him or her. Likewise, the antagonist is portrayed as evil and villainous, and seeks to destroy the moral protagonist. Many readers and critics perceive Iago as evil, manipulative, and antagonistic. He directly seeks to destroy Othello, Cassio, Roderigo, and any other good character, out of selfish and unprovoked rage. The critic, W.H....   [tags: Papers] 1126 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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Iago as the Hero of Shakespeare's Othello - Iago as the Hero of Othello Roderigo, a soldier in Othello's army, is in love with Desdemona and is deceived by Iago into thinking that Desdemona holds some affection for him. Iago, who is Othello's "ancient" or his counselor, desires to hold Othello's position and so tries to devise a plan to become general. As proved by the outcome of the play, Othello was too naive and kindhearted to properly lead an army. Iago felt that he should have been promoted to be Othello's lieutenant but Cassio was promoted instead....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1131 words
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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 excitable evil in his eye, as his human pyres go up in flames....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello vs. Iago - In this thesis I will explain the reasonings behind Iago . Iago is obviously the "bad apple" in this book and I will explain several reasons for this behavior. Iago is the whole reason there is any conflict in Othello. If he never had entered the play Othello would have married Desdemona and they would have lived happily ever after. Right from the beginning of the play to the very end he causes conflicts. He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of: Othello Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio, and Roderigo....   [tags: essays research papers] 412 words
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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's actions.    "Othello's color had no connotations of the enslavable inferiority.  There were many great Negroes in those days like that Antonio de Vunth, who was King of Congo's ambassador to the Holy See."(Shakespeare, pp.200)       There may have been many great Negroes around in those days but there were none in Venice.  Othello was the only member of his race in Venice.  Many of the people who lived in Venice had never seen a Moor.  To the people of Venice, Moors were different and feared, they were seen as an evil spirit.  Some people thought that they were witches or devils that walked the earth.  Included in a text written by Stephen Greenblatt, Roderigo and Barbanizo believed that "Othello used magic to win Desdemona."(Norton Shakespeare, pp....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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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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Iago as a Character in Othello - Iago as a Character in Othello Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end. Iago is not your ordinary villain. The role he plays is rather unique and complex, far from what one might expect....   [tags: essays papers] 934 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello When the play "Othello" was first written by Cinthio the character of Iago was simple, and he had a legitimate motive for the trouble he was causing. In Cinthio's version Iago had a great love for Desdemona and because he was unable to fulfil his love, he became frustrated and expressed this frustration by creating havoc. Shakespeare, however, upon writing his version of "Othello" rejected this idea and converted Iago into a more complex character, and directed his hatred not against Desdemona but against Othello....   [tags: Papers] 1624 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago - Iago of Othello Of all the characters presented in Shakespeare's literature the most sinister one is without a doubt Iago. He is a ruthless sociopath. No other character can even come close to his evil. Most of the antagonists present in Shakespeare's plays have valid reasons for the troubles the cause. Iago doesn't for the most part he just has a burning hatred for the world especially Othello. Iago is the whole reason there is any conflict in Othello . If he never had entered the play Othello would have married Desdimonia and they would have lived happily ever after....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 960 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello The most fascinating and curious character in the tragic play "Othello", by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. In the play his nature is conveyed to the audience in many ways. Iago's character is determined by his relationship with the other characters in the play. His betrayal of those who love him that occurs throughout the text is a prime example of this, and is emphasised further by dramatic irony. Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him....   [tags: Papers] 883 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Iago has many motives for destroying the other characters in the play. One of these is jealousy. Iago is jealous of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio and even his own wife, Emilia. He is jealous of Othello for many reasons. Iago wants the power and the respect that Othello has. We see this in Act 2 scene 1 where Iago says ‘the moor- howbeit I endure him not- is of a constant, loving, noble nature’ which hints that he wants what Othello has as they are both opposites and these attributes may be the ones he will need to gain power....   [tags: Shakespeare Character] 2202 words
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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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A Character Analysis Of Iago - Iago is one of the most interesting characters in the tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and gets him closer to his goals. He is the driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards the tragic ending. Iago is not the typical villain in any story or play. The role he plays is unique and complex, far from what one might expect from a villain....   [tags: essays research papers] 856 words
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Iago; The Representation of Villainy in "Othello" - A villain is defined as an evil character in a novel, movie, play, or other story, especially one who is the main enemy of the hero according to Encarta Dictionary. In "Othello," Iago fits this definition perfectly though Othello does not recognize that Iago is his enemy until the end of the story. Iago is the evil-minded, backstabbing character in this dramatic story. He demonstrates this villainy act all through out the story beginning with being angry with Othello for not appointing him as lieutenant, his revenge on cassio for taking his place as lieutenant, and setting up Desdemona to look like she is cheating on Othello....   [tags: American Literature] 803 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Works Cited Missing In Shakespeare's drama 'Othello', the reader is presented a tragedy of characters deeply affected by the clash of good and evil. The evil contained within Othello is by no means magical or mythical yet is represented by the character Iago. Iago has no conscience, no ability to perform good deeds. He is a psychopath, and is not capable of forming affectionate relationships or feeling guilt and concern over his behaviour....   [tags: Papers] 964 words
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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Iago is a very complex villain in William Shakesphere’s ‘Othello’. During the book he uses carefully thought out words and actions which allows him to manipulate other characters and do things in a way which benefits himself and lets him do things as he wants them to be done. Iago has his reasons for the hatred he feels towards the other characters. Othello appointed Cassio as his lieutenant, a job that Iago desperately wanted and felt that he was much better qualified than Cassio for the job....   [tags: Papers] 819 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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The Unscrupulous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - The Unscrupulous Iago of 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 purse; For I mine own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snipe".  We learn that Iago has a secret hatred for both Othello and Cassio.  Iago says he hates Othello because he has denied Iago a promotion and for Cassio because he now occupies Iago's desired position of lieutenant.  His motive is to seek revenge upon both these characters.  Rodrigo has a shared hatred for Othello for his own and when he suggests he would not serve him, Iago reveilles his scheming plan for Othello by saying to him "O, sir, content you.  I will follow him to serve my turn upon him."  By saying this Iago shows that he plans to cleverly trick Othello of being loyal to him and then eventually use him for his own ends.  In his first attempt to bring down Othello, he and Rodrigo tell Brabantio that Othello has kidnapped his daughter Desdemona.  This is a dishonorable act as this is definitely a lie and told to Desdemona's father only to anger him towards Othello.  Brabantio is also a senator and has the power to dismiss Othello from his duty....   [tags: Othello essays]
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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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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 Shakespeare's Othello The actions of Iago in the William Shakespeare play Othello were unanimously the actions of a man with little remorse or compassion toward the parties involved. There have been many debates over the years as to what drove a man to take such actions upon the people close to him, some believe it was the jealousy he felt towards Cassio after he was given a military rank which Iago was looked over for, other readers have felt that Iago was insane and didn't fully realize his actions or the consequences of them....   [tags: Papers] 564 words
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Dialogue and Soliloquy in Understanding Iago - Dialogue and Soliloquy in Understanding Iago Shakespeare’s Iago is a very sophisticated and unpredictable character. He is part vice and is a very deceitful and evil character. We see him as a character who tempts mankind into performing devilish conducts. This is why he is almost certainly known as inherently evil. There is a suggestion that Shakespeare’s Iago is a cold-blooded creature because of motiveless plots, but we are however offered a number of reasons for his plots and plans....   [tags: Papers] 1497 words
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Iago's Role in Othello - How powerful and credible is Iago?s role in Othello. Use literary criticism to inform your opinion. Possibly being one of the most despicable characters that Shakespeare has ever drawn up, Iago is fascinating for his most terrible characteristic: his utter lack of convincing motivation for his actions and therefore this questions his credibility within the play. Douthat, Ross, Stewart and Adam (August 2001, former Harvard University students and writers of the ?SparkNote on Othello?) claim that ?In the first scene, he [Iago] claims to be angry at Othello for having passed him over for the position of lieutenant (I.e....   [tags: essays research papers] 421 words
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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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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - In Othello, the character of Iago is alienated from society by his personal values. He is used by Shakespeare to demonstrate societies assumptions and moral values on a whole. Iago is the main antagonist to Othello in this story, and he succeeds in his plan to ruin Othello by forcing him to believe that Desdemona is cheating on him. Because Iago succeeds, because he was able to carry off the plan, we are able to see exactly the assumptions on society that Shakespeare laid out to demonstrate. These assumptions and morals fall under three main categories: that people largely use each other, that we should do whatever needs to be done to go for our goals, and that the words of a man and more believable than those of a woman, even when it is a wife....   [tags: essays research papers] 968 words
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Iago?s Plan - The play begins with Rodrigo reprimanding Iago for not doing his job. Rodrigo is paying Iago to pursue Desdemona for him, and he has just learned that she has eloped with Othello. Iago reassures Rodrigo that the plan will eventually work because he himself is motivated to bring Othello down; Othello promoted Michael Cassio to lieutenant rather than Iago, and Iago believes that he was more deserving of the promotion. Iago starts his plan by telling Rodrigo to try and foil Othello and Desdemona’s marriage by telling Brabatio, Desdemona’s father, about their secret marriage....   [tags: essays research papers] 822 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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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Shakespeare's Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex Villains. At first glance Iago's character seems to be pure evil. Shakespeare to add depth to his villain makes him Amoral, as opposed to the typical immoral villain. Iago's entire Scheme begins when the "ignorant, ill-suited" Cassio is given the Position he desired. Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the Position he feels he most justly deserves. Throughout Othello Iago is seen to be scheming something....   [tags: Papers] 865 words
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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 the situation much worse, Iago says to Brabantio, “An old black ram is tupping your white ewe.” (Act 1,sc.i, lines 89-90).   Clearly, Iago shows absolutely no remorse.  He describes the beauty of love between two human beings and compares it to two animals.  He gives Brabantio the impression that Othello is devouring Desdemona; this is seen when Iago describes Othello as an old black ram and Desdemona as a white ewe, black being evil and white being of purity and innocence.  Another example of Iago’s vulgarity is when he once again describes (to Brabantio), the relationship between Desdemona and Othello as, “Making the beast with two backs.” (Act 1, sc.i, line 117).  His base language is shown once again....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Iago's charachter in Shakespeare's Othello - Essay on Iago The world is full of bad people who get pleasure from hurting others physically and emotionally. They feel the need to use and belittle other people because of their insecurities. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the villain, Iago, is a perfect example. He manifests his goal right from the beginning. Iago is an angry person with no conscience that constantly feels the need to take down everyone around him to get what he wants, revenge. Throughout Act 1, we realize that Iago wants revenge, to be powerful and recognized by society, and loves to manipulate others....   [tags: essays research papers] 500 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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Destructive Jealousy in Iago and Othello - “Jealousy has the power to destroy” Discuss the ways in which Shakespeare uses both characters Othello and Iago to convey this message. Following the recent study of Shakespeare’s play “Othello”, we found a lot of information about the play and the theme jealousy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, comedies and histories, all were in five acts of poetry. My definition of jealousy is where someone has something or is able to do something that another person can do. They are jealous because the other people are able to and have the things they want but can’t get....   [tags: essays research papers] 1003 words
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The Evil Iago of Shakespeare's Othello - The Most Evil Iago of Othello "How shall I murder him, Iago?" This one line, spoken by Othello, in Shakespeare's play of the same name speaks volumes of the evil and deceitful nature of the character being spoken to, Iago. The ability to turn a noble, self controlled, respected man such as Othello into a raving, murderous lunatic can only be had by an evil man such as Iago. Iago is conniving, vengeful, vain, ruinous, dishonest, egotistical and paranoid. This makes him one of the most evil men in all of literature....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1219 words
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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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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'wixt my sheets/ He's done my office" (I.iii.381-383)....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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Coleridge's View on Iago's Soliloquies - Coleridge's View on Iago's Soliloquies The phrase "the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity" occurs in a note that Coleridge wrote concerning the end of Act 1 Scene 3 of Othello in which Iago takes leave of Roderigo saying, "Go to, farewell. Put money enough in your purse", and then delivers the soliloquy beginning "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse". When evaluating Coleridge's view, it is important to put the word "motive" into context. We use it to mean an emotion, desire, a physiological need - an impulse that acts as an incitement to action....   [tags: Papers] 1957 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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Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello - Character of Iago in 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 in Othello's head that lead him to his demise. But what is more important is, he gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent Desdemona, satisfying Iago's immense appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago's devious plan is initially made clear in the first of Iago's three major soliloquies, in which he proclaims Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emila....   [tags: Papers] 935 words
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