Shakespeare 's Iago Or Psychopath?

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Iago? Or Psychopath? A psychopath easily demonstrates several discernible quirks. Iago, one of Shakespeare 's most notable characters from Othello, regularly displays unholy habits. Iago is a man who is determined to achieve his goals by manipulating and scheming plans to get what he wants. His shallow heart shows no mercy for those who oppose. A psychopath Iago undoubtedly fits the role of a psychopath because of his manipulative, emotionless and devious behavior throughout the entire play. Notably, the media parades psychopaths to be violent and erratic. Although these traits may be true in some cases, many people overlook the fact that there are many other characteristics that attribute to the term psychopath. A few examples of a psychopath can include the following: being conniving, emotionless, manipulative and even being irresponsible in certain situations. Psychopaths can be extremely unpredictable. But even so, an unstable person can, “often cover up their deficiencies with a ready and engaging charm… Psychopaths are likeable guys when they want to be,” (Kiehl) as Kent Kiehl would explain. At any moment, their moods can change at an astonishing rate. Kiehl says that since psychopaths are good at hiding their ‘deficiencies’ it can be challenging to figure out what characteristics a person actually has. Psychopaths will tell you what you want to hear, so you like them. If they can get you to like them and get you on their side, they will try to get something from you or get you to do something for them. If a psychopath sees an opportunity to get something they want, chances are that they will take advantage of it. In relation to the sneaky behaviors mentioned by Kiehl, Danielle Egan mentions that “research suggests... ... middle of paper ... ...nking, he states that “ To be direct and honest is not safe. I thank you for this profit, and from hence.. I’ll love no friend, sith love breeds such offense.” (3.3.378-380) Iago knows that his intelligent psychopath mind will lead him to do horrendous things to a ‘friend.’ Ultimately, there is only one quote that truly sums up Iago character. “I am not what I am.” (1.1.67) Iago is saying that he is not what appears to be on the outside. He gave subtle hints, throughout the play, that he was not all mentally there. He still managed to manipulate and trick everyone into falling into his traps of drama. Iago is a keen character that recognizes how to get people to fall into his deceptions. During the play, Iago remained unpredictable. It was extremely difficult to determine what he may do next. To sum everything up, Iago indeed fits the role of a complete psychopath.
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