The world is a scandalous place filled with egocentric people to who will often make choices based on personal pleasure and beneficial needs. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, when not chosen for the higher titled position, the villain seeks revenge and manipulates others in scandalous acts to take over. Through characterization of the three main characters, Othello, Desdemona, and Iago, we realize that, lacking trust leads to a self-disrupting nature filled with betrayal, death, and suicide. Iago’s characterization was best described as one who is able to brainwash the ignorant and manipulate people to his advantage. He has the capability of picking up the grain of the truth and then twisting it.
The Character of Iago In Othello, by William Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing characters is Iago. At first glance he seems to be pure evil, but I think his actions are much more complex. Through thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things that benefit him and move him closer to his goals. This character is consumed with envy and deceit that leads to theft and killing. Iago is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and the other characters towards their tragic endings.
In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, our main protagonist, Othello, is manipulated by a man who he thought was honest and noble, Iago. Othello is pushed all the way to the lengths of murder, and eventually commits suicide. I believe that Othello’s inevitable fall was due to his own tragic flaws. Some of these factors include his jealousy, him being gullible, and the high amount of trust that he puts in Iago. One factor contributing to the reason Othello falls as the result of a tragic flaw is that he is characterized by jealously.
Furthermore it is not just Othello that instates trust upon him but it is the majority of the other characters too. Roderigo is a perfect example, his stupidity ultimately allows himself to consider Iago trustworthy, the measure of his stupidity is based upon the fact Iago is conning him out of money telling him it is being used to help him win Desdemona . "Now I repeat that any man situated as Othello was would have been disturbed by Iago's communications" BRADLEY Yet Bradley believes that anyone would have been capable to trust and fall victim to Iago's plans. I find it hard to agree with such a statement. As already stated Roderigo is used yet trusts Iago and we can understand this because to some extent he is claimed to be stupid.
His machinations fell right into place since everyone trusted him and if it was not for Emilia finding and giving Othello's handkerchief to Iago. What Iago did not over look is the fact that his wife would eventually tell everyone the truth regardless his threats to her thus ending the story with Desdemona dead, Othello killing himself, Emilia killed by Iago and Iago being punished. With evil come consequences. Iago had it coming to him. This villain now has to pay for his misdoings.
Iago is able to make Cassio defy his own reasoning and reluctantly take another drink. As a result of his devious scheming, Iago's achieves his goal and Othello terminates Cassio as his lieutenant. Iago successfully manipulates the people around him by building a trust, a trust in which all of Iago's victims believe to be an honest trust. The friendship and honesty Iago falsely imposes upon Othello makes it easy for Othello to never imagine the possibility that Iago has evil motives. Othello holds Iago as his close friend and advisor.
William Shakespeare's Othello Although Iago cleverly manipulates situations and people in his aim to seek vengeance, the other characters contribute to their own destruction through their individual character traits. Many of the characters have qualities that are essentially worthy but which are ironically able to be used by Iago as weapons against themselves or others. Desdemona's attractiveness together with her charitable mind and pity for others is a goodness which Iago can use to 'enmesh them all'. Iago recognizes Othello's desire for knowledge makes it possible for him to corrupt Othello's mind whilst Cassio's good manners prove to contribute to his downfall. Iago never forces any of the characters to do anything against their will, his main achievement, through his universal trustworthiness, is to get others to see things from his point of view.
Those reason are rational enough for his hatred, but they are not rational for his acts what he did after. b) Iago fools everyone in the play to reach his goals. He only gets away with this because they trust him, his lie (his “poison”) works, and this protects him from any questioning. He uses this to his own benefit, talking Cassio into pleading with Desdemona and inducing Othello to believe that Desdemona is having an affair. Throughout the play Iago is described as an "honest" man, which to the audience seems ironic because really everything the man says they know to be a lie.
It's very ironic that they trust him so highly while all Iago is doing is trying his best in order to deceive them. Iago is one of the characters that has absolutely no honor. Unlike with Cassio and Othello, Iago's honor cannot be disputed. It simply does not exist within him. He is indeed the villain.
Through Iago’s manipulative nature, he is able to completely warp the perception of Othello and Roderigo, ultimately, destroying their lives. In conclusion, Iago, the notorious mastermind that Shakespeare has constructed, is one of the most complex villains of Shakespearean literature. Through his abilities to manipulate, understand one’s mind and love for oneself, Iago’s natural evil is illustrated. By single handedly causing the deaths of many innocent characters, Iago proves to the audience that he is in complete control. Iago as the master puppeteer is surprisingly caught in the end but even then, the deaths he has caused cannot be resolved.