Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Works Cited Missing In Shakespeare's drama 'Othello', the reader is presented a tragedy of characters deeply affected by the clash of good and evil. The evil contained within Othello is by no means magical or mythical yet is represented by the character Iago. Iago has no conscience, no ability to perform good deeds. He is a psychopath, and is not capable of forming affectionate relationships or feeling guilt and concern over his behaviour. He is "an unbeliever in and denier of all things spiritual, who only acknowledges God, like Satan, to defy him" (William Robertson Turnbull, Othello: A critical Study, 269). The opposite of Iago is Desdemona, who is described frequently by other characters as "she is divine, the grace of heaven" (Act 2, Scene 1). The ultimate defeat of good by the wrath of evil is one of Iago's motivations. It is not only in his nature of evil, that he succeeds but also in the weaknesses of the other characters. Iago uses Othello's weaknesses, especially jealousy and he knows that Othello is a man of integrity and therefore, believes others to be so until proven differently. Moreover has Iago no respect for integrity and consequently, and has no respect for Othello, who he describe as an "ass", which can "tenderly be led by th' nose." (Act 1, Scene 3, 390-393) Othello is also referred to as a "barbarian" by Iago and to a certain extent this is true; he relies on warrior instincts rather than sound reasoning. Iago makes him kill his wife Desdemona and ult... ... middle of paper ... ...eliminate the one character representative of heaven, innocence, and honesty. Yet "remains the censure of this hellish villian" (Act 5, Scene 2). Finally, everything Iago pretended to be led to his demise: Honesty, Innocence, and Love. Iago is a villain, a demi-devil who loves evil and follows 'divinity of hell'. He represents the mystery of iniquity, the more baffling because he seems to everyone except Roderigo to be an honest man. He makes Desdemona and Cassio, as well as Othello, believe that he is a plain, blunt and outspoken man, incapable of deception. That's why Iago cannot be the only one to be blamed. If Othello has a bit more confidence in his wife, and has Desdemona not lied about the handkerchief: "It [the handkerchief] is not lost … "(Act 3 Scene 4), the play would maybe have a different ending.
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