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Cruel Iago In Shakespeare's Othello

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Cruel Iago Alfred Lord Tennyson once said, “A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies”, implying that when a lie has somewhat of a truth to it, it could be more damaging than a lie without truth to it. Lies are part of everyone 's human nature, some lies are not meant to hurt people but other lies do, even if they are only half lies. In William Shakespeare 's play “Othello”, the character Iago is no different than people to this day that have this human nature trait, but in his case he uses it to hurt people. Iago puts on a mask that makes him come off as an honorable friend. Iago hides behind this mask of innocents, and behind that mask Iago is a manipulative, malicious villain of all time, who enjoys causing chaos and watching…show more content…
Othello is strikingly an outcast, he is an exotic in a white man’s society. Othello is referred to as the “The Moor” throughout this whole play, “Moor is a name applied to the Arab and Berber peoples in North Africa who inhabited medieval Spain” (Karen Kay BritainInprint). This already sets him apart from everyone else, making it easy for Iago to make Othello sound like the bad guy. All the more so, his relationship with Desdemona was not thought of highly and very rare at this time. With Othello being an outcast and in a marriage that no one approves of, it sets up Iago to be able to capitalize on Othello’s lack of confidence and to make Othello feel jealous. Iago starts off by, telling Othello that Desdemona is being unfaithful to him and that she prefers people of the same type as her, Iago states, “As – to be bold with you – / Not to affect many proposed matches / Of her own clime, complexion, and degree, / Whereto we see in all things nature tends” (3.3. 244-247). Iago knows that Cassio is the perfect match, he is the same age, same race and class as Desdemona, whereas Othello does not have any other these characteristics. Furthermore, Iago uses Desdemona’s pass against her to convince Othello of her unfaithfulness, “She did deceive her father, marrying you; / And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks, / She loved them the most” (3.3. 220-223), Iago deceives that Desdemona, having already go behind her father’s back, there is a very high chance that she will be unfaithful to Othello. Little by little, Iago wears down Othello’s wall piece by piece and the jealousy and doubt begin to grow wild in Othello. Additionally, Iago clouds Othello’s mind to the point where Othello trust no one but Iago. Iago wraps Othello in nothing but lies, continuing to use Othello’s lack of confidence in himself and Othello’s growing doubt and jealousy until he is turned
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