The Villian Iago in Shakespeare´s Othello Essays

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Throughout Othello, Iago is the most prominent and perplexing villian in Shakespearean history. His redeeming qualies enables him to allure the characters such as Roderigo, Cassio and Othello through his morality. As an audience we are introduced to his contempt and his hunger for revenge despite his lack of proof. Iago symbolizes evil and brutality. So what makes him a crucial character in the play. His understanding of manipulation and his brilliance makes him an important role in the play since he's willing to to climb up the stairs to get his general, who he hates.
Iago's first use in the play was Roderigo who isn't very clever. At the beginning of the play Roderigo and Iago are talking about the "Moor" referred to as Othello and Desdemona. Since Roderigo loves Desdemona, Iago urges him to tell Brabantio that Desdemona his daughter is secretly married to Othello, :
"Call up her father,Rouse him: make after him, poison his delight,Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen, And, though he in a fertile climate dwell, Plague him with flies: though that his joy be joy, Yet throw such changes of vexation on't, As it may lose some colour"(1.1.5).
Iago is willing to prattle on Othello and Desdemona for animosity. Iago's poisoned language builds up Brabantio's fearness of mixed race marriage and especially his pure daughter. Iago's manipulation of Roderigo and Brabantio sets up the battle between Othello and Brabantio. Later on in the play Iago still seeks help from Roderigo by forcing him to kill Cassio whom is drunk with just a few words. Montano which is the governor of Cyprus stepped in to resolve the problem between Cassio and Roderigo. Unfortunately Cassio stabs Montano since he lost control of himself from Iago's...

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...f. Iago's clever plan of the hankerchief added fuel to the fire. After Othello became overwhelmed with the idea of his wife cheating on him, Iago then advised him to slaughter his loyal wife while he was told by Othello to kill Cassio. Iago was pleased when he heard Othello's words, "“Good, good. The justice of it pleases, very good”(4.1.161). At this moment after these lines were given by Othello, Iago was appoined as his leuitaenant. Even though Iago's plan was to be leutineneat his is still seeking to kill Cassio to gain revenge and to feel like a man. He created hatred in Othello's heart of Cassio. This all was created through Iago's ability of manipulating Othello in killing Cassio for him. Finally, when the drama was discovered, Othello was caught to be a murderer which meant his loss of lutenicy also. This was Iago's plan to weaken Othello and his confidence.

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