Shakespeare is brilliant in his transformation of the handsome, fairly two-dimensional rogue in Cinthio's original to the evil egotist who preys on human emotions, a character so deep he could undergo psychological analysis. Indeed is can, and has been said, "Iago is the spirit of negation set against the spirit of creation," Geoffrey Wilson Knight. He shows immense wit throughout the play but uses this gift and his graft of words for pure evil and to bring about human suffering, something he sadistically enjoys. This idea of intelligent and scheming subordinates would have worried the Jacobean audience who relied strongly on the class structure. S.T.
He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play. Because he identified Othello’s weaknesses and was able to use verbal persuasion to not only gain Othello’s trust, but to also use that as a benefit to what he wanted to accomplish. It is great importan... ... middle of paper ... ...illed his needs on aiding with Othello’s insecurities, and eventually was the cause of downfall in character, Othello. Iago character in William Shakespeare’s Othello is truly the definition of the nature of evil. He portrays such a strong character describing this nature of deceit throughout the play taking full capability of characters; Desdemona, Othello, Cassio, and Rodrigo.
He conceals his animosity of Othello to plot vengeance, a brilliant, thought out scheme to exploit his master. Iago is egotistical as he creates jealousy in other characters to make them feel as he does. He is blinded by his ego, envy and anger, his main goal is for everyone to feel as he does, he thrives for others to be equally jealous. He aims to complete his goal through betrayal and manipulation of multiple characters, particularly Othello. 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.
Throughout the play, Shakespeare displays his characteristics to the audience to show that the true nature of humans is psychotic and crazy. Macbeth makes some coldblooded decisions that a person normally would not make after they had thought it out. Without thinking of the consequence of his actions, Macbeth uses his instinct on human nature. Shakespeare shows through Macbeth the truly psychotic nature of human beings. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is described as being “valiant” or “brave”.
However, Iago's achievement also hinges on his ability to exploit the character's innate weaknesses. Iago perceives the protagonists 'seeds' of self-destruction and merely fertilisers them with base bestial language and non-'ocular' proof. This ability to find and exploit weakness has made him such an accomplished villain. Although there is contention surrounding Iago's significance in the downfall of Othello, one thing remains true: Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex, intriguing and malignant characters. Without Iago there would be no tragedy.
Throughout Othello, Iago is the most prominent and perplexing villian in Shakespearean history. His redeeming qualies enables him to allure the characters such as Roderigo, Cassio and Othello through his morality. As an audience we are introduced to his contempt and his hunger for revenge despite his lack of proof. Iago symbolizes evil and brutality. So what makes him a crucial character in the play.
The main theme is Othello's jealousy, which results in his downfall. Vital to the play is the devilish Iago, one of Shakespeare's most fascinating villains. His motives for manipulating Othello remain in mystery. However, Othello's race is vital to the success of Iago's schemes. In the rest of my essay I will look in depth of the other character to show how Iago convinced Othello of Desdemona's guilt.
The Character of Iago There is no doubt in « Othello » as to the role Shakespeare has given Iago, he is the villain, masterful at deceit he generates most evil in the play. The clever soldier, his incredible acting allows him to be two or three completely different people. During most of the Act the audience finds itself constantly trying to find a motive for Iago’s actions but finds none that can justify what he is about to do. What does seem to come back again and again is his view on women which he sees as sex rapacious and a danger to his machiavellian plans. Scene 1 offers us a good preview as to what Iago is going to do for the rest of the Act and ultimately the rest of the play.
Othello exits the scene using Iago as a workhorse, which is not befitting of Iago’s self image but his willingness to help indicates his will for revenge. Iago’s subtle manipulation of those around him creates a classic villain who thrives on the misery of others by weaving a web of deceit. His characteristics allow him to manipulate others to a high degree in order to achieve his goal, and he shows no remorse in doing so. Stuart Burge’s filmic adaption displays him as the manipulative and vengeful character that Shakespeare wrote him as. Iago’s own words are particularly exceptional in describing his character, in “Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.” Works Cited Wikipedia
Shakespeare uses this scene to demonstrate to the audience that Macbeth’s conscious act of knowing that his desires are immoral and still acting upon them proves him quite the villain. This symbolism brings the audience to savor the play’s hidden meanings and also allows for leeway in the interpretation of the plot. Macbeth’s inability to balance the forces of good and evil cause him to reach an insecure state of mind, causing him to make many malicious decisions. “But let the fame of things disjoint, both the worlds suffer,