Humans are unable to recognize that jealousy is an incurable disease that can cause manipulative false realities. In the play Othello, written by William Shakespeare, it is a clear indication of how one's inherent fears and uncertainties can be exploited and manipulated by a corrupted mind to conquer personal motives. To annihilate Iago’s personal jealousy towards certain characters Iago completely understands his victim’s nature and needs and uses this to completely destroy them. To add to this, Iago does not have any core beliefs or morals easily allowing him to play with others emotions without regret. Therefore Iago’s hate for jealousy leads to Iago manipulating others and playing with their feelings to benefit himself.
The Maniacal Puppeteer Of all the characters in Shakespeare 's literature, Iago is the most innately evil antagonist created. Although Shakespeare’s other antagonists show reasoning behind their actions, Iago lacks any type of motive. In the tragedy, Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago, the manipulative antagonist plays the role of a master puppeteer who successfully creates chaos and disorder throughout the entire play with no motives behind them. Early on, Iago is seen by the other characters as an honest and trustworthy ensign. Although as the play progresses, this multilayered character manipulates numerous good-natured minds to become as sinful as his own.
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.
Manipulation is viewed in a negative light in society, but if used correctly, such as advertisement, can be quite effective. Despite the fact that Iago is considered to be Othello’s right-hand man, he uses conniving and manipulation to get revenge, shaping every odd occurrence and event to his own cowardly schemes. Iago gets inside of Othello’s mind and uses his jealousy and persecution as the Moor against him. He controls Rodrigo and ultimately destroys his reputation as well as influences Cassio when he is depressed. Iago figures out ways to manipulate multiple characters in Shakespeare’s play Othello using their faults - jealousy, control, and pride – to obtain his wants and desires.
Evil Epitomized: Analyzing Shakespeare’s Iago as a Particular of Symbolic Art Tough to break into, the mindset of a sociopath often mesmerizes and intrigues the faint of heart. Shrouded in myth and mystery, people who lack consciences appear difficult to understand. Often, they simply fall into the category of “evil.” Though the term lacks foresight and explanations for cause and effect, it can add layers of meaning to any subject which it labels. As William Shakespeare employs Iago as a particular for the universal of evil in his tragedy Othello, he cleverly parallels fictional tragedy with the calamities that strike the innocent all too often in real life. To begin with, Iago admits to Roderigo, “I am not what I am” (1.1.65).
Human nature is back stabbing, conniving, greedy, and jealous; all those things that you can say are bad when looking at another, but can justify in yourself. One tends to validate their wrong doing as necessary or not as bad as something that another has done. Shakespeare is playing a game with his audience through his villains. By showing their faults, he, in turn, makes us see the faults in ourselves.
Specifically, the play begins in the midst of Iago’s jealous behavior towards Cassio. Lago’s twisted actions refer to the source of jealousy, indicating that he takes revenge on the people around him and is the least discontent with the lives he damages. As the play progresses, both the tragic hero and Iago’s jealous behavior develops. Othello’s Moorish values make him obscure in comparison to other Venetians suggests that the reason for his jealousy is unreasonable. Notably, Shakespeare exhibits that jealousy is unreasonable throughout the play as a result of the tragic hero’s fatal flaw, an issue that is psychological.
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.
His jealous tendencies towards Othello led him to be consumed with hatred, and he spread that detestation around to inflict others with it. Roderigo began hating Cassio and Othello loathed Desdemona. I don't think Iago symbolises evil, I think he is evil. Throughout the play, he exploits the other characters racial prejudices and personal insecurities. He is able to bring out the most unpleasant traits in human nature (especially jealousy) and turn them to his advantage.
Sebastian says, ‘Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss,’ This is very unkind to an already desperately upset man. Antonio and Sebastian’s nastiness to others does not end here. They continually mock others particularly Gonzalo and Adrian. In conclusion, Antonio and Sebastian are both evil men who contribute to the play in terms of plot direction, humour and in underlying darkness. Their characters are colourful and interesting, representing several flaws in human character and some of the plays themes.