The role he plays is rather unique and complex, far from what one might expect. Iago is smart. He is an expert judge of people and their characters and uses this to his advantage. For example, he knows Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and figures that he would do anything to have her as his own. Iago says about Roderigo, "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse."
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 cunning strength lies in his ability to undermine every single character through their weaknesses. Specifically, Othello and Roderigo are the main victims of his lies and deceit. The trait Iago abuses in Roderigo is his naive nature. From the very start of the play, Iago cheats Roderigo of his money and later tricks him into attempting to kill Cassio: “I have no great devotion to the deed, / And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons. / ‘Tis but a man gone.
I am not who I say I am In William Shakespeare's play "Othello," we are introduced to one of the plays most convoluted villains, Iago. Iago is able to employ wicked behavior on specific characters of the play without them knowing that any harm is being done. Iago's craft is that he has a way of manipulating characters with just his words. We learn later that the chaos generated by Iago was a result from Iago's own jealousy and insecurities. Iago's scheming and vindictive tendencies later leads to the deaths of Roderigo, Desdemona, and Othello.
However, with a greedy ear, we still watch the play, waiting in anticipation as to whether Othello will discover the sinister plans of Iago. We are more interested in the journey of the downfall of Othello not so much the plot. Iago, such an important and fundamental character to the play is often incorrectly cast as just being pure evil. His success can mainly be attributed to his sagacious temperament and masterful wit. However, Iago's achievement also hinges on his ability to exploit the character's innate weaknesses.
Iago is one of Shakespeare’s most complex villains. Initially you get the impression that the character of Iago is one of pure evil. Right from the start of Act 1, it becomes obvious that he is capable of most anything. You see right away that he is able to give the appearance of one thing, but in reality be something quite different. He has been acting like he is interested in helping Roderigo by bringing gifts and messages to Desdemona for him.
Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello The most fascinating and curious character in the tragic play "Othello", by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. In the play his nature is conveyed to the audience in many ways. Iago's character is determined by his relationship with the other characters in the play. His betrayal of those who love him that occurs throughout the text is a prime example of this, and is emphasised further by dramatic irony. Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him.
The seed of fear that Desdemona is seeing Cassio behind Othello’s back begins here. Because Othello demoted Cassio for acting so dishonorably when he was drunk, Othello could believe that Cassio would try to get revenge by bedding Othello’s wife. Iago furthers this fear by pointing out that Desdemona is capable of lying to male figures, such as her father: “She deceived her father by marrying you” (III.iii.206). Meaning that Desdemona is capable of lying to her father, therefore she is capable of lying to her husband. Othello begins trusting Iago more than he does Desdemona.
Othello's only flaw is jealousy, and Iago exploits this to no end, using him to get what he wants. Iago's talent to manipulate the truth and control other people with his lies is what gives this play momentum. More than any other characteristic, Iago preys on those who are emotionally unsure of their desires. Iago manages to find ways of altering these characters' perceptions of reality, forcing them to believe in the dark world that Iago has created for them. The main emotions that Iago bends and twists are those of love... ... middle of paper ... ... Castlerock Entertainment, 1995.
Without the knowledge of the nature of good, Iago will not be successful in mastering schemes of nature of evil. Each point is explored further into Iago’s manipulation schemes and will analyze the nature of evil portrayed throughout the play. Shakespeare Othello was an act of many evil traits, including betrayal, manipulation and jealousy. Evil can be described as an act of someone who causes grievance, destruction, or impairment for one owns satisfaction; Iago, unquestionably, fits the description. Othello represented these traits through character, Iago, as he reveals his true nature of evil by diminishing people lives and becoming the downfall of many people around him.