'In a play rife with heinous evildoers, Cornwall towers over them all. Infinitely greedy and exceptionally cruel, he delights in gouging out Gloucester's eyes.' Aaron the Moor is accused of 'masterminding vile crimes and remaining defiant to the end, 'If one good deed in all my life I did, I do r... ... middle of paper ... ...y, someone with a beautiful, loving wife and unquestionable respect from the people around him - someone like Othello, the Moor. In conclusion, it must be apparent to all that Iago is clearly a villain and possibly a psychopath. His jealous tendencies towards Othello led him to be consumed with hatred, and he spread that detestation around to inflict others with it.
Iago brings about the downfall of several characters, breaks Brabantio's heart with words, poisons Othello's delight, turns Desdemona's virtue to pitch and still feels not the slightest trace of remorse, instead all he feels is pleasure at others pain. Shakespeare's managed to turn Cinthio's "scorned lover" character into an evil, twisted and unfeeling sadist. He is hugely disturbing towards Jacobean audiences of the time for the crooked manipulation and the faults of the human character he personifies. We can all identify certain aspects of his character in varying degrees in out own personalities, hopefully this can lead us to change our ways when we see how wretched this character is, he has an insatiable appetite for suffering and no matter how much he causes, he is still unhappy.
Iago reveals his true nature in bitter soliloquies where he unfolds his plan to destroy everyone possible. The dramatic irony - brought about by the soliloquies - is a key device used by Shakespeare to convey the deceptive nature of Iago's character. His relationships with the other characters also help to convey his character.
In the story of Othello, we meet many astonishing characters, but there seems to be one character that stands out amongst them all; Iago. Iago is William Shakespeare’s most wicked villain throughout the entire play. Shakespeare uses rhetoric of identity early on when introducing Iago by the “I am not what I am” speech (1.1.71), perhaps foreshadowing his true personality (Sleczkowski). Iago is the whole reason why there is any conflict in Othello. Iago has a magnificent role in the play, working as a vicious virus towards the characters.
Iago also displayed how easily envy can take a hold of person, and drive them to do to extreme things. Just the slightest doubt created immense envy in Iago, and he wants to make Othello suffer by experiencing the same emotion. Iago knows that in order for his plan to work he must plant... ... middle of paper ... ...ot even great valiant men such as Othello are free from the hands of envy and jealousy. From here on Iago uses jealously and envy as his tools of destruction, and jealously from this point on drives the play forward. Throughout the play the characters of Othello struggle with the power of envy.
Villains of this type, as well as those of domestic origin, had long been popular on the stage. From the days of the mystery and morality plays, the characters personifying evil invariably had gripped the attention of audiences, for iniquity always stirs more popular excitement than virtue. (127) First of all, Iago’s very words paint him for what he is. Robert Di Yanni in “Character Revealed Through Dialogue” states that the evil antagonist reveals his character quite plainly through his speech: Iago’s language reveals his coarseness; he crudely reduces sexual love to animal copulation. It also shows his ability to make things happen: he has infuriated Brabantio.
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.
Iago’s Jealousy In Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, good is often confronted by evil, in which almost every case is in the form of jealousy. Iago, the plays antagonist, is a very manipulative villain. Iago uses his own agony and distress brought upon him by his envy of others, to provoke the same agony within the characters in the play. Jealousy’s ability are shown to influence people to new ends and make all humanistic judgment disappear leaving that man a monster torn apart by envy. Jealousy’s true destructive wrath and the pure evil it brings out in people can be revealed through Iago’s actions throughout the tragedy Othello.
The destructiveness of the monster is self-created and “feeds on” Othello’s heart. Simultaneously, Othello feels guilty for being jealous of Cassio (without a concrete reason) and that shame that builds up in Othello will eventually be unleashed in the form of anger. Without having to doing much Iago, must wait as the insatiab... ... middle of paper ... ... does with the handkerchief. Good in Othello is defined as forgiving, innocent, unsuspecting and honest, while evil is defined as deceitful, manipulating, cunning and dishonest. Iago is the epitome of evil.
Specifically, the play begins in the midst of Iago’s jealous behavior towards Cassio. Lago’s twisted actions refer to the source of jealousy, indicating that he takes revenge on the people around him and is the least discontent with the lives he damages. As the play progresses, both the tragic hero and Iago’s jealous behavior develops. Othello’s Moorish values make him obscure in comparison to other Venetians suggests that the reason for his jealousy is unreasonable. Notably, Shakespeare exhibits that jealousy is unreasonable throughout the play as a result of the tragic hero’s fatal flaw, an issue that is psychological.