Shakespearian plays, often noted for their great complexity, are fascinating in the way characters are portrayed. The play Othello, written by William Shakespeare can be interpreted by its characters and their actions. In this play, the character of Iago is the antagonist seeing that he often performs evil feats and is continually manipulative. This character is portrayed as sly and has no motive to back up his menacing actions, resulting in the ultimate demise of all the main characters. The character of Iago in the play is often manipulative and sly in order to seek his revenge against Othello, but does so in a grotesque and unethical manner leading Othello on his own parallel path.
Othello was the perfect example of power, which was not a normal presentation of African Americans. By making Othello a black leader, it rebelled the stereotyped norms of a black character, usually being the bad guy in books. Despite all the false allegations stating that Shakespeare is racist, Othello emphasizes the author’s insight into human equality through jealousy, revenge, and the use of prejudice. One of the main characters, Iago, who is Othello’s advisor and standard-bearer, also plays the role of a racist and jealous villain. He despises Othello, because he passed him up for a promotion to be lieutenant.
Iago's Hatred for Othello in William Shakespeare's Play "Though I do hate him as I do hell pains." In Shakespeare's play "Othello", Shakespeare introduces one of the most complex villains ever seen in the world of literature. Iago's pure hatred for Othello convinced his own mine to tamper with Othello's life, manipulating him into causing the ultimate tragedy. Iago is portrayed to have many motives into why he does what he does to Othello. He is shown to be racist towards Othello, due to his black skin, Iago is also shown to be jealous of Othello because he has a better life style than himself.
He is best described as disturbing, ruthless, and amoral. No other character can even come close to his evil (Iago: The 1). Iago, in the play Othello, is a very intriguing villain. Even though he is often referred to as "Honest" Iago, he lies, cheats, steals, bullies, and even kills just to get what he wants (Iago as 1). Iago starts off being evil when he finds out that Othello gave Cassio the position of lieutenant that he felt he deserved.
Manipulations of Othello in William Shakespeare's Play One of the main themes running through Othello is jealousy. Othello's jealousy for Desdemona and Bianca's for Cassio. The catalyst for this jealously though is Iago's manipulation of the characters and their own failure to communicate and trust one another over Iago. These massive doses of jealousy lead to death and the downfall of the hero of the play. On the surface it seems like Iago is the cause of this, so why does the audience often feel empathy towards Iago, and even enjoy his clever manipulations?
But he finds out the truth about Iago, and horrified at his actions, kills himself. In Shakespearian times, when people lived under the rule of King James, attitudes were completely different. The slave trade contributed to racial hatred and prejudice against black people. There was prejudice and assumptions that black people were evil. Black was associated with evil, black magic, and blacks were seen as dangerous savages.
Iago is, for the literary world, evil incarnate. He lies and deceives with half-truths, to achieve his revenge, causing distrust and ultimately murder and suicide. This makes Iago one of the most evil, but most memorable characters, if not in all of literature, at least in all of Shakespeare.
Brabantio, Iago, Desdemona, and Emilia all seal their fates because of their racist beliefs. Othello epitomizes the stereotype that both the story and the Europeans of the period gave him and he brings his downfall upon himself. Othello is, in reality, a play about the way prejudice can affect people. Shakespeare goes to an extreme and ultimately kills all of the main characters to drive his point home. Overall, racism lead to multiple downfalls and tragic endings.
Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus is the most brutal and violent play written between 1590 and 1593 (Shakespeare and McDonald xxviiii). It is considered to be one of his earlier attempts to tragedy as it foreshadows many themes for his later plays. Themes of love, family relations, death, and power in Titus Andronicus emulates in plays like King Lear, Hamlet, and Macbeth; however, Titus Andronicus makes readers’ question the authorships of this play as, the later plays are compared to be well written. Yet, the word “black” appears numerously in Titus Andronicus, especially with the character of Aaron, a Moor. “Black” is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “Designating the darkest colour possible, that of soot, coal, the sky on a moonless night in open country, and a small hole in a hollow object; of or having this colour; (also) so near this as to have no recognizable colour, very dark” (black, adj.
Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Shakespeare's Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex Villains. At first glance Iago's character seems to be pure evil. Shakespeare to add depth to his villain makes him Amoral, as opposed to the typical immoral villain. Iago's entire Scheme begins when the "ignorant, ill-suited" Cassio is given the Position he desired. Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the Position he feels he most justly deserves.