never tell me; I take it much unkindly / That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse / As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.” The "this" broadcasts the departure of Othello and Desdemona. Roderigo loves Desdemona, and wants her so bad that he’s using Iago as a wing man to deliver gifts and messages to Desdemona. He also subsidizes Iago money for his trouble. Iago portrays Roderigo's opposite; self-possessed, cynical, and very smart. Iago becomes one of Shakespeare's most frightening villains, because he can look at someones eyes, lie through his teeth, and make a person believe he possesses good intentions.
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.
Some would say his horrible malicious plan for persecuting Othello just underlines his homosexual love for the general. He certainly seems to take great pleasure i... ... middle of paper ... ...s outraged by 'What profane wretch art thou,' because his social position is undermined by Iago erotic expressions about Desdemona elopement with Othello and he is very affronted by it. Therefore, he says, 'Thou art a villain.' I think Brabantio doesn't realise his choice of language is ironic for what is to come in the play because Iago is a villain. Using this extract we can see Shakespeare's portrayal of Brabantio is not very complex as he is not a major character in the play as a whole.
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.
He deceives the Othello and Roderigo who he claims to "love." By noticing and using others' flaws, Iago successfully avenged his grudge against Othello, Roderigo, and Desdemona. He steps over everything and everyone in his way to get what he wants and his ways will in turn ultimately end the play in tragedy. Bibliography:
William Shakespeare's Othello Although Iago cleverly manipulates situations and people in his aim to seek vengeance, the other characters contribute to their own destruction through their individual character traits. Many of the characters have qualities that are essentially worthy but which are ironically able to be used by Iago as weapons against themselves or others. Desdemona's attractiveness together with her charitable mind and pity for others is a goodness which Iago can use to 'enmesh them all'. Iago recognizes Othello's desire for knowledge makes it possible for him to corrupt Othello's mind whilst Cassio's good manners prove to contribute to his downfall. Iago never forces any of the characters to do anything against their will, his main achievement, through his universal trustworthiness, is to get others to see things from his point of view.
The effect here both shows the depth of Othello and Desdemona’s love and the manipulative prowess of Iago to destroy utterly the love between them. Indeed, later in the play, the hatred Othello holds for Desdemona is made even more shocking because of the height of their love previously. In the film, the use of salience heightens the viewer’s impression of Iago as a manipulative, vengeful individual in the soliloquies. As Iago stands in the background, covering a full half of the screen as Cassio and Desdemo... ... middle of paper ... ...ower simply because of his own jealousy and for his own entertainment. The manipulative and vengeful character is made all the more terrible and magnetic by the final metaphoric line of the scene – that “Knavery's plain face is never seen till used.” Clearly, Iago fully embraces the evilness of his actions and revels in the pain he causes, and this line foreshadows the downfall of Othello, Desdemona and in certain interpretations himself.
Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him. Due to Iago's innate sense of deception, he has two major personalities, one of appearance and the other of reality. But Shakespeare instead of making his villain transparent, Iago is given depth and spirit. The deceitful nature of Iago is conveyed to the audience by his treachery of the other characters, especially Othello. Iago appears to be extremely plausible, building a fabricated trust with those who surround him.
Othello's only flaw is jealousy, and Iago exploits this to no end, using him to get what he wants. Iago's talent to manipulate the truth and control other people with his lies is what gives this play momentum. More than any other characteristic, Iago preys on those who are emotionally unsure of their desires. Iago manages to find ways of altering these characters' perceptions of reality, forcing them to believe in the dark world that Iago has created for them. The main emotions that Iago bends and twists are those of love... ... middle of paper ... ... Castlerock Entertainment, 1995.
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.