Iago has everyone fooled into believing that he is a noble honest man. Without this
Iago is one of the most complex characters in William Shakespeare’s Othello. To most of the characters, he is “Honest Iago” (Shakespeare, 5.2.73). however, the audience knows that Iago is the furthest thing from honest. Iago is a devil bent on destroying the lives of everyone around him. At the beginning of the play, the audience learns that Iago is determined to ruin Othello’s marriage to Desdemona. He has appointed a new lieutenant, Michael Cassio. This angers Iago because he feels that he has much more military experience and should be the lieutenant. Iago has also heard rumours that both Othello and Cassio have slept with his wife Emilia. He concocts a malicious plan to ruin the lives of all who have wronged him, and consequently establishing
Iago uses his ability to convince those around him and his hatred, for seemingly the majority, of the other characters to manipulate and accomplish his own ploys. In the beginning of the play, Iago confesses his hatred for Othello. This hatred compels Iago to manipulate others within the play. Iago wishes to cause the most mayhem that he can, and he uses every character to do so. In the play, Iago acts almost as a puppeteer to the other characters, pulling their strings and getting them to do as he wishes. With Othello, Iago tells him that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him with Cassio. This manipulation is done due to the pure hate Iago has for Othello and the plan to get Roderigo together with Desdemona. Iago is also seemingly puppeteering Roderigo in hopes to get Cassio killed for both Roderigo to gain Desdemona and for Othello because of the alleged affair with Desdemona. Iago spares no expense when it comes to his plans in the play. As it states in Act 3 Scene 3 “I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin, / And let him find it. / Trifles light as air / Are to the jealous confirmations strong / As proofs of holy writ” (Shakespeare, Othello lines 1994-1997). In this excerpt, Iago takes Desdemona’s handkerchief in hopes to frame Cassio and prove the affair. This shows that Iago leaves out no details when manipulating the other characters which shows his true ingenuity and cunning ability when
Othello is a play where Iago tricks Othello into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful and to do so Iago manipulates and disposes of characters at his will. The play Othello begins with Roderigo and Iago telling Brabantio that his daughter has married Othello. This leads Brabantio to confront Othello, and that is where Brabantio learns that Desdemona willingly chose to marry the Moor. Right after that event, Othello has to go off to war to fight the Turks. Later on, Othello safely arrives in Cyprus while a storm destroys the Turkish fleet so; the city of Cyprus has a celebration. At this party Cassio gets drunk and gets into a fight where he injures Montano, which results in Cassio’s demotion from his position as lieutenant. Iago then tells Cassio to ask Desdemona to help get back his position. Iago tells Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio since they are always together. Emilia gives Iago Desdemona’s handkerchief and Iago places it in Cassio’s possession and then Iago tells Othello that he will get Cassio to admit that he slept with Desdemona. Othello becomes enraged and tells Iago to kill Cassio, but Iago only injures Cassio and then Othello kills Desdemona. At the end o...
In the famous play, Othello, by Willian Shakespeare, Othello believes that Iago, the villain, is an honest man that is helping him uncover the truth about his love, Desdemona, cheating in him with Cassio, Othello’s ex lieutenant. Iago describes himself as being a liar but lets others know that he is someone to trust.
The classic antagonist in every story seeks to see the fruition of their devious plan, and would most likely be successful without the direct opposition of the protagonist. However, in Othello, rather than working against Othello, Iago gives an illusion of working with him in order to gain an advantage in the construction of his plot. Acting as a playwright within the play, Iago pushes and prods characters into the position that is most favorable to his final plan, which ultimately is to bring down Othello. In Iago, Shakespeare presents a villain who is not only able to construct elaborate schemes, but one who is also clever enough to disguise them with a façade that allows him to manipulate others.
Act iii, scene iii, lines 108-131 of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” unquestionably shows Iago’s trickery and deceptiveness which is masked through his reputation for honesty, reliability and direct speaking. This section not only shows Iago’s slow but powerful act of deception, but also shows the jealousy and insecurities slowly depriving Othello’s inner peace and balance.