No Fear Shakespeare: Othello written by John Crowther states, Iago’s motivations are notoriously murky...he claims to be motivated by different things: resentment that Othello passed him over for a promotion in favor of Michael Cassio; jealousy because he heard a rumor that Othello slept with Iago’s wife, Emilia; suspicion that Cassio slept with Emilia too. Iago gives the impression that he’s tossing out plausible motivations as he thinks of them, and that we’ll never understand what really drives his villainy. (How do I cite when it is on the character sheet without a page number?) Iago’s enmity is motiveless because even though he provides the justification for his hatred, Iago does not have legitimate reasons for his malevolent actions. During the first scene of the play, Iago tells the audience one of his reasons for hating Othello.
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.
Othello ask Iago “Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?” Iago says “Cassio my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it, that he would steal away so guilty-like seeing you coming.” (Lines 36-39). Iago is saying that is funny that Cassio just walks away like he was guilty when he saw you coming. Othello asks Iago is he is keeping something from him about Cassio and Desdemona.
Iago uses her innocence and compassion to convince Othello she is having an affair. Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant, was also tricked by Iago. Aware of the fact that Cassio cannot hold his liquor, Iago fools him into drinking and getting into a fight that resulted in Cassio losing his job. This is where Iago uses Desdemona’s sympathy for others, convincing her it would be best to attempt to persuade Othello into giving Cassio another chance. This seemingly harmless from Desdemona’s perspective is very different from Othello’s point of view, who begins to grow suspicious of her concern for Cassio.
I am not who I say I am In William Shakespeare's play "Othello," we are introduced to one of the plays most convoluted villains, Iago. Iago is able to employ wicked behavior on specific characters of the play without them knowing that any harm is being done. Iago's craft is that he has a way of manipulating characters with just his words. We learn later that the chaos generated by Iago was a result from Iago's own jealousy and insecurities. Iago's scheming and vindictive tendencies later leads to the deaths of Roderigo, Desdemona, and Othello.
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.
Iago’s cunning strength lies in his ability to undermine every single character through their weaknesses. Specifically, Othello and Roderigo are the main victims of his lies and deceit. The trait Iago abuses in Roderigo is his naive nature. From the very start of the play, Iago cheats Roderigo of his money and later tricks him into attempting to kill Cassio: “I have no great devotion to the deed, / And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons. / ‘Tis but a man gone.
Emilia tells Othello too late of the lies told by her husband and she dies at the hands of Iago for her confession. Iago's lies have come to a crescendo and Othello realizes he has been deceived. Othello then commits suicide and we find, in this case, in order for love to conquer all, evil must triumph. As is the case oftentimes in real life, there is no happy ending. Iago is, for the literary world, evil incarnate.
“She deceive her father marrying you” (Othello, 3.3.210). He says that since Desdemona would deceive her father, the one she most loved, it is very likely she would do the same to him. Slowly, Iago begins to wear down Othello to his breaking point. He starts to trust nothing but the words of ‘honest’ Iago. He cocoons Othello with a coat of lies using his jealousy and doubt to turn him against his wife.
Iago begins to manipulate the people around him in order to hurt Othello and make him think that his wife, Desdimona, and Cassio are having an affair. The first to fall victim to Iago's manipulation, is Rodrigo. Iago knows Rodrigo has feelings Desdemona, and would do anything to make her his own. Iago tells Rodrigo that the only way to win Desdemona's love, is to make money to procure gifts for her. "...put money in thy purse.." (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 339).