He portrays such a strong character describing this nature of deceit throughout the play taking full capability of characters; Desdemona, Othello, Cassio, and Rodrigo. His ability to master the nature of good first before plotting his schemes, allows Iago to become successful in each of his evil plots. Iago would not be successful if it was not for his mastery in being good. Not only does he achieve his goals in scheming, but he also understands human nature, that allowed him to understand thoroughly of good people and was able to take advantage of the cause. Iago, alone, represented both the nature of good and the nature of evil in Shakespeare’s’ Othello.
293). This statement means that Othello believes in Desdemona?s honesty and loyalty so much that he would give up his life if she were untrue. This is ironic, because later on in the play... ... middle of paper ... ...nation of situational, verbal, and dramatic irony is very useful in creating an overall feeling of loss and catastrophe in the play. The role of irony in the play is to create the loss of a great potential in the play. The audience can see that because of Othello?s tragic trust in Iago, miscommunication occurs and disaster follows.
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.
The audience, for our part, seems to lap up his words and enjoy with some sort of sadistic pleasure his extremely talented actions. Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex villains. 'We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly followedâ€¦ Heaven is my judge' Maybe the question we should be asking is not why the audience may enjoy Iago, but why Iago makes the effort to make us enjoy his actions. He craves to control other people's lives and then see their downfall. He sees himself as the director of a play and every play must have an audience.
Their witty exchanges and mocking of other characters is unkind yet the audience enjoys it. Gonzalo in particular suffers from their harsh sense of humour, Sebastian: ‘Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike-’ At the same time as adding to the comedy, Antonio in particular is adding to the dark side of the play as they often discuss murder without even mentioning it as wrong. Sebastian displays weakness of character in succumbing to Antonio’s plan and therefore represents this as a flaw leading to outrageous consequences in an otherwise respectable man. Here we may compare him with Macbeth who was also persuaded by another allowing his hidden evil to surface. With these characters I believe Shakespeare is aiming to prove that money and birth alone cannot make a man who is essentially evil, respectable.
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 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.
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,
The two main characters - Hamlet and Claudius, are also created very effectively. Shakespeare uses them to play off each other and create two 'false' characters and opinions about each one. This is very skilful, but as examined, the portrayal of Hamlet's double personality is not as good as Claudius', and so it decreases the impact of his entrance into the play. Later on though, when he is developed, it becomes evident that he is a person who is the protagonist to Claudius' antagonistic ways. This means two very powerful men have been created, ones that the audience can both fear and respect, yet sympathise with at the same time.
One of the main themes in this play is how everything is not as it seems and Iago cruelly tricks Roderigo to make it seem as if he is his friend. Iago makes Roderigo believe he has good intentions towards him. Though it seems to Roderigo that everything Iago says is true, the true meaning behind Iago’s words is hidden to Roderigo which makes it easier to manipulate him. Everything Iago does, in some way, is advantageous to him. These minor cruel acts that Iago has done so far are leading up to more life-threating cruel acts that he will do in the near future.