Shakespearian plays, often noted for their great complexity, are fascinating in the way characters are portrayed. The play Othello, written by William Shakespeare can be interpreted by its characters and their actions. In this play, the character of Iago is the antagonist seeing that he often performs evil feats and is continually manipulative. This character is portrayed as sly and has no motive to back up his menacing actions, resulting in the ultimate demise of all the main characters. The character of Iago in the play is often manipulative and sly in order to seek his revenge against Othello, but does so in a grotesque and unethical manner leading Othello on his own parallel path.
He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play. Because he identified Othello’s weaknesses and was able to use verbal persuasion to not only gain Othello’s trust, but to also use that as a benefit to what he wanted to accomplish. It is great importan... ... middle of paper ... ...illed his needs on aiding with Othello’s insecurities, and eventually was the cause of downfall in character, Othello. Iago character in William Shakespeare’s Othello is truly the definition of the nature of evil. He portrays such a strong character describing this nature of deceit throughout the play taking full capability of characters; Desdemona, Othello, Cassio, and Rodrigo.
Their witty exchanges and mocking of other characters is unkind yet the audience enjoys it. Gonzalo in particular suffers from their harsh sense of humour, Sebastian: ‘Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike-’ At the same time as adding to the comedy, Antonio in particular is adding to the dark side of the play as they often discuss murder without even mentioning it as wrong. Sebastian displays weakness of character in succumbing to Antonio’s plan and therefore represents this as a flaw leading to outrageous consequences in an otherwise respectable man. Here we may compare him with Macbeth who was also persuaded by another allowing his hidden evil to surface. With these characters I believe Shakespeare is aiming to prove that money and birth alone cannot make a man who is essentially evil, respectable.
Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him. Due to Iago's innate sense of deception, he has two major personalities, one of appearance and the other of reality. But Shakespeare instead of making his villain transparent, Iago is given depth and spirit. The deceitful nature of Iago is conveyed to the audience by his treachery of the other characters, especially Othello. Iago appears to be extremely plausible, building a fabricated trust with those who surround him.
Her influence over her husband reveals his weaknesses and the weaknesses of men. Iago on the other hand is consumed with envy and seeks revenge over Othello. His consistent deceit and ease of manipulation allows us to see his amoral nature. Shakespeare allows the audience a connection to Iago, one finds themselves intrigued by his evil actions. Pointing to the evil we all have within us Shakespeare allows his audience to live through Iago.
You see an ass head of your own, do you?” and “I see their knavery. This is to make an ass of me, to frighten me” (Shakespeare 38). The irony of this situation is that... ... middle of paper ... ...he same time it also is a microcosm for the story of the four lovers and serves to point out the folly of their situation. This is the same way that Bottom functions as a character: in his folly he illustrates the folly of others in love, and of the human race. Nick Bottom, the Ass and the fool of the play may serve as comic relief, but in that comic relief he also serves a much larger role.
Unseen, he and Oberon pull the strings that control what the characters act and say. Finally, Shakespeare is like Puck, standing back from the other characters, acutely aware of their weaknesses and mocks them, relishing in mischief at their expense. With these three characters and some play-within-a-play enchantment, Shakespeare mocks himself and his plays as much as he does the young lovers and the mechanicals onstage. This genius playwright who is capable of writing serious dramas such as Hamlet and Julius Caesar is still able to laugh at himself just as he does at his characters. With the help of Bottom, Oberon, and Puck, Shakespeare shows us that theatre, and even life itself, are illusions that one should remember to laugh at.
Throughout the play, Shakespeare displays his characteristics to the audience to show that the true nature of humans is psychotic and crazy. Macbeth makes some coldblooded decisions that a person normally would not make after they had thought it out. Without thinking of the consequence of his actions, Macbeth uses his instinct on human nature. Shakespeare shows through Macbeth the truly psychotic nature of human beings. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is described as being “valiant” or “brave”.
Shakespeare uses this scene to demonstrate to the audience that Macbeth’s conscious act of knowing that his desires are immoral and still acting upon them proves him quite the villain. This symbolism brings the audience to savor the play’s hidden meanings and also allows for leeway in the interpretation of the plot. Macbeth’s inability to balance the forces of good and evil cause him to reach an insecure state of mind, causing him to make many malicious decisions. “But let the fame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,
Iago is the epitome of evil. He uses Othello’s innocence to his advantage and although Othello has been “eaten up with passion”, Iago is also passionately jealous of Othello. However, Iago’s downfall is due to his intense jealousy and results in his trust in Emilia. Eventually, both good and evil fail and neither succeed. Perhaps Shakespeare is trying to send a message to the audience here - a message that suggests that all there is good and bad in everyone; the bad brings out the good and the good brings out the bad.