Iago also creates a new profound hate for Othello for not recognizing that he is more worthy and has more qualification for the job, resulting in the start of his plans to destroy Othello and Cassio. This was the start to the downfall of many characters. Iago is seen as a demonic character who can create false realities for his victims. When conversing with his victims he develops a mutual bond with the victim creating a false reality that he has a friendly figure and not an enemy. Othello refers to Iago as “honest Iago” throughout the play unaware of his devilish acts.
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.
Considering all the hatred and jealousy Iago possesses, how could anyone see good in such a ruthless, merciless sociopath. When William Shakespeare created Iago, he could not have made such an ideal villain. Iago stands for the eponymy of evil. He represents hatred and all that is bad. He lacks any credibility for his motives and takes great pleasure in his ability to destroy the lives of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, and Emilia.
Rodrigo is another to fall at the manipulation of Iago because before he realizes it he is dead knowing that the, “dammed Iago [has been an] inhuman dog” (V,I,63). Iago is guilty for this death because he tricked his “best friend” to try to kill Cassio with no real cause. The idiot of the Rodrigo knows he has no real cause but Iago was so persuasive (in our eyes manipulative) that he has t... ... middle of paper ... ...). Iago has been stealing money from Rodrigo which he was supposed to be giving to Desdemona. He hasn’t been doing this and Rodrigo may reclaim them if he doesn’t die, so he decides he has to do kill him.
Iago finally gets his revenge. The character Iago, in Shakespeare's Othello, goes from being manipulative and two faced by subtly controlling people into ruining Cassio’s career to being cunning and malicious by outright destroying Othello’s career, lover and life with violent deaths. In Othello, Iago is a manipulative person in Act 1. He manages to convince Roderigo into selling all his land instead of committing suicide. In Scene 3 of Act 1, Roderigo is very upset because Othello and Desdemona are still together.
The play 'Othello' is an epiphany of the ultimate battle between appearance versus reality in the respect that Iago is the complete opposite from what he appears to be. Everyone involved with him separately thinks that he is doing them favors, when actually he is a backstabbing, conniving person who is the essence of evil and is often referred to as half-man, half-devil. Contrary to Iago, Othello is often referred to as a God-like figure, innocent in every way: trusting and naïve. Unfortunately for Othello, this serves as his eventual downfall helping Iago play Othello like a harp, which results in Desdemona's death. Iago's two-sided face and the other characters' readiness to believe him before thinking twice is the driving force of the play and its plot.
He uses the trust Othello puts into their friendship to turn him into a jealous man. Iago told Othello that his wife was cheating on him thus Othello thought he was killing for justice. He even said he "loved not wisely but too well." When the opportunity occurred Iago was lurking, waiting for the chance to take advantage of Othello. Iago succeeded in destroying all he sought out.
He uses not only lies but kind of twists the truth to get the results he wants in every situation. Benjamin Beier says “Iago also brings the interesting feature of truth into it all. From the very start of Othello, Iago is in the middle of his scheme to destroy Othello.” He leads everyone on using his likeable persona to fool everyone such as his wife Emilia, Cassio, and especially Othello to his advantage. It is true that his goal is to essentially affect Othello negatively but he does so in such a way where he is totally manipulating the situation without directly involving himself. He speaks with the rascal, Rodrigo and from the very first moment Iago states to not really being what he seems.
Consequently making Othello full of anger and jealousy towards Cassio so he wont get his job back. Thus, continuing Iago’s evilness plan. Iago’s vengeful hatred is responsible for the suffering and, in some cases, the tragic deaths of several innocent characters. Even though Iago’s plot results in Othello ‘s physical deaths, Othello manages to regain his former nobility at the conclusion of his life. iago’s villainous plan ultimately results in his own deserved demise.
Right through the play the audience cannot believe what they are seeing; his tricks and lies are astounding, as they watch him declare his honesty promising to one character as he deceives another. Iago is seen as such an innocent and trustworthy man by all the characters in the play. He masterfully ensnares his victims’ minds, allowing him to do what he pleases with them, as he tries to exact his revenge. Through his deception he manipulates and lies to Roderigo and Cassio whilst simultaneously planting ideas in Othello’s mind, which in the end leads to the downfall of them all.