"...put money in thy purse.." (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 339). However, Iago is just taking those gifts intended for Desdemona and keeping them for himself, and in doing so, making a substantial profit. "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse" (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 376). Rodrigo eventually starts to question Iago's honesty. When faced with this accusation, Iago simply offers that killing Cassio will aid his cause and the gullible Rodrigo falls for it.
Iago essentially ruined Othello’s life and caused it to come to an end. Throughout the story, Othello repeats how Iago is honorable and a trustworthy friend (Act II, scene iii, lines ): this couldn’t be further from the truth. Iago constantly goes behind Othello’s back and plots against him. Whether it be from convincing Othello that Desdemona has been unfaithful (Act III, scene iii, lines 1816-1896), making him think a truly trustworthy person in Cassio was just the opposite because of his drinking (Act II, scene iii, lines 1315-1400), or taking the symbol of love, the handkerchief, between Desdemona and Othello and making it a symbol of hatred and unfaithfulness (Act III, scene iv, lines 1973-2007), he ruined the life of the Moor and, subsequently, ended it. Iago may have been fueled by a secret love to Desdemona, anger at his lack of promotion, or the thought of his wife cheating on him.
Iago knows that the meeting behind Cassio and Desdemona is harmless but he still uses it to cause turmoil. He successfully assures Othello that his wife is having an affair. Iago ultimately causes the death and end to the marriage of Othello and Desdemona. He is so corrupted that he does not feel sympathy or guilt for his actions. His actions in some ways resemble a crazed man.
In Shakespeare’s Othello, we are given a handful of characters which have varying levels of innocence and mal-intent. Figuratively speaking, these characters put on masks to both hide their true intentions, or to honestly display authenticity. The brilliance of this play comes out in the way that Shakespeare manages to mix the two together. The innocent are seemingly deceptive and unfaithful, while the malicious are perceived with honest fidelity and good nature. Secondary characters of the play also use masks, though to a lesser degree, they still add drama to the tragedy.
Analysis of the Character Iago's Honesty in William Shakespeares's Othello Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play pushing many other characters towards their tragic end. By manipulating Roderigo, Cassio, and Othello, Iago strives with envy and plots to steal the position he feels he most justly deserves. Iago is an expert judge of people and their characters and uses this to his advantage.
Iago being known for the honest man he earns everyone’s trust and therefore learns their weakness for his ultimate plan of destruction. Iago’s greatest skill is disguising his manipulative schemes of destroying and betraying the ones around him with what he leads people to believe as honesty. Iago uses their weaknesses, secrets, and fears to ruin the names Michael Cassio, Othello, Desdemona, and anyone who stands in his way. Iago puts his first of many destructive plans into motion; destroying Michael Cassio’s honor and reputation. When Michael Cassio explains, “I have very poor and unhappy brains/ For drinking” (2.3.28-9).
His "med'cine works! Thus credulous fools are caught..." Iago slowly poisons people's thoughts, implanting ideas in their heads without implication to himself. Iago, a masterful deceiver, says, "And what's he t... ... middle of paper ... ...to be a person "of exceeding honesty, (who) knows all qualities, with learned spirit of human dealings." Iago does know all about human dealings, but he is far from honest. He uses the trust Othello puts into their friendship to turn him into a jealous man.
Othello – Honest Iago Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, is that of honesty. In the play, the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago." However, this could not be farther from the truth. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals. He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others.
However, Iago's achievement also hinges on his ability to exploit the character's innate weaknesses. Iago perceives the protagonists 'seeds' of self-destruction and merely fertilisers them with base bestial language and non-'ocular' proof. This ability to find and exploit weakness has made him such an accomplished villain. Although there is contention surrounding Iago's significance in the downfall of Othello, one thing remains true: Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex, intriguing and malignant characters. Without Iago there would be no tragedy.
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. At the moment Iago holds little difficulty with Roderigo, who assumes that Iago must have known about Othello's plans, but Iago quickly talks his way out of the difficulty and takes jurisdiction of the situation. Iago declares that the departure comes a complete surprise, and Roderigo answers, "Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate" giving Iago a chance to talk about himself, which he loves. To prove his hatred of Othello, Iago tells the story of how he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant. He discloses that three very important Venetians very humbly asked Othello to give the job to him.