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.
“Othello believes Desdemona is unfaithful with only the insinuations by Iago, this proves that Othello is prone to jealousy.” Once Iago plants Desdemona’s handkerchief in Cassio’s room, Othello is given the proof he needs to fully believe that Desdemona has made him a cuckold. “I tremble at it, nature would not invest herself in such shadowing passion without some instruction, it is not words that shakes me thus” (4.1.46-48). Othello experiences jealousy so strong, that he experiences a seizure. This seizure is proof Othello is now overwhelmed with jealousy and he no longer can be certain that Desdemona is innocent. Othello is manipulated int... ... middle of paper ... ... situation.
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.
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.
The mood is tense when we find out that Brabantio is angry that Othello has taken his daughter. He is determined that Othello must have tricked Desdemona into loving him. Othello defends his love for her, and she in turn vows her love for him. This situation of a forbidden relationship is romantic, it makes the reader feel a great deal of respect and happiness for their mutual love. When Iago begins poisoning Othello’s mind with false suspicion of Desdemona’s fidelity, the mood is extremely frustrating.
A villain is defined as an evil character in a novel, movie, play, or other story, especially one who is the main enemy of the hero according to Encarta Dictionary. In "Othello," Iago fits this definition perfectly though Othello does not recognize that Iago is his enemy until the end of the story. Iago is the evil-minded, backstabbing character in this dramatic story. He demonstrates this villainy act all through out the story beginning with being angry with Othello for not appointing him as lieutenant, his revenge on cassio for taking his place as lieutenant, and setting up Desdemona to look like she is cheating on Othello. His machinations are so effective because they flow consistently.
Iago manipulates the characters by revealing and exploiting their fatal flaws to bring about their downfall. Iago uses Othello's jealousy of Cassio to make Othello believe he is having an affair with Desdemona. Iago uses Desdemona's trust and love for Othello to bring about her downfall. Iago even uses his wife's trust to make her not notice his schemes. Iago also uses Cassio's fatal flaw, trust.
Othello represented these traits through character, Iago, as he reveals his true nature of evil by diminishing people lives and becoming the downfall of many people around him. “Hell and night/ Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light” (I, iii, 394-396). Though Iago may not have a purpose of participating in many of his act of evil, he presents it as a self-obsessed driven supremacy. He plots to destroy Othello and to gain dominance by observing each weakness from Othello, and takes advantage of it. He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play.
“Othello” by William Shakespeare is a classic tragedy in which the flawed eponymous hero Othello is exploited and tricked by his foil Iago who uses lies and manipulation to defeat Othello’s reputation. His foil Iago is set out to destroy Othello by any means, Subterfuge is an integral part of Iago’s character and is also one of the themes of the play and this element of subterfuge contributes highly to my appreciation of the play. The first act of treachery that Iago takes part in is when he goes to Desdemona’s father and tells him about the relationship between Othello and Desdemona and describes Othello with quite derogatory words: “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe.” Iago uses racist imagery to discredit Othello and emphasise the negativity of the relationship between the two, we now learn that he is jealous of Othello and will use any means to destroy him. Iago skilfully plays on sexual stereotype here to reinforce a picture of Othello which angers Brabantio and invokes his sporadic racism and disgust inside him. Iago’s animal imagery has aroused Brabantio’s misunderstanding and only made it worse.
Othello treated Desdemona so harshly after he obtains 'information' from Iago that she is cheating on him, and we still have sympathy for him? In the events that take place within the play, one may still feel sympathy for Othello as jealousy gets the best of us, effecting how we think and causes us to do stupid things that we would not do under different circumstances. Throughout the course of the play, Othello is seen as a great and courageous general when, even at the point of his demise, retains some of his previous image. In act one, we begin to see the general consensus of how Othello is seen by the citizens within the play through various stories told by the people of Venice. When Desdemona's father accuses Othello of stealing his daughter through dark magic, Desdemona steps in to ease their minds proclaiming: "I saw Othello’s visage in his mind, / And to his... ... middle of paper ... ...t effected by Iago's trickery.