In William Shakespeare's play, Othello, Iago is a malicious manipulator who acts out without true motives, but uses them as excuses. Iago is great at saying the right things to people, deceiving them to get the response he wants. He never acts upon his plan, yet he is still involved through creating lies and providing misleading situations. Iago is jealous of Cassio because he was not chosen as lieutenant, Cassio was. He conceals his animosity of Othello to plot vengeance, a brilliant, thought out scheme to exploit his master.
As a result of this Othello makes a decision to fire Cassio. Iago is happy that one of his tricks works. Iago looks for ways to get back at Othello for giving the higher responsibility to Cassio. In Act 1 Scene 1 Iago says, "Though I do hate him as I do hell-pains, Yet, for necessity of present life, I must show out a flag and sign of love, Which is indeed but sign". (Shakespeare, 1937, p. 1173) Characters in the play see Iago as trustworthy but in reality he is underhanded, two-faced, and scheming.
In William Shakespeare’s Othello Iago is the undeniable orchestrator of all the turmoil in the play. Iago’s malicious ploys cause envy and grief for every character that he encounters. Iago chooses to hurt people by making them envious because Iago himself is plagued by evy. Iago’s ironic struggle with envy is the fuel for all destruction in the book, and without the element of envy each character would have less of a desire to carry out the actions that transpired throughout the play. Iago is envious of Othello’s position of power, and the rumors that Emilia had an affair with Othello.
Othello slowly began to lose his sense of calmness that he usually portrays. He stopped to analyse the circumstances for himself and started to feed off others input, Iago took advantage of this weakness in Othello to plant the seed of jealousy. At first Othello doesn’t accept the fact his wife could be traitorous and assures himself that Desdemona would not cheat on him. Except Iago again attempt’s to remind that she had deceived her father to be with Othello so why would she be so loyal not to deceive him. Othello eventually accepts Iago’s proposition, Othello has no rebuttal to the idea that his wife is dishonest and his love for her quickly turns to hatred.
One critic Coleridge has described Iago as having 'motiveless malignity'. I believe that Coleridge was trying to imply that Iago has no logical reason for his actions within the play and towards certain characters, but instead he carries these actions out for the sake of it. One reason however, that we are given for Iago's actions is that he is jealous of Cassio gaining a promotion, which he believes he deserved. We can see this in the way Iago describes Cassio as being " without practise". This shows us that Iago views Cassio as being inexperienced for the job as lieutenant.
Manipulations of Othello in William Shakespeare's Play One of the main themes running through Othello is jealousy. Othello's jealousy for Desdemona and Bianca's for Cassio. The catalyst for this jealously though is Iago's manipulation of the characters and their own failure to communicate and trust one another over Iago. These massive doses of jealousy lead to death and the downfall of the hero of the play. On the surface it seems like Iago is the cause of this, so why does the audience often feel empathy towards Iago, and even enjoy his clever manipulations?
In the play “Othello”, the characters goes through events that led them to develop an emotion, for example jealousy, betrayal, and shock that changes into anger. Throughout the play “Othello”, written by William Shakespeare, the characters, Iago, Othello, and Emilia each explore the theme anger, which the song “Rolling In the Deep”, sang by Adele demonstrates. In the play Othello, Iago’s jealousy towards Othello transforms into anger, which is evidently seen in the song, Rolling In the Deep. Iago, who is lower in rank than Othello, despises him due to several reasons. At the beginning of the play, Othello assigns the lieutenant role to Cassio rather than Iago, who is Othello’s close friend.
He is deeply unpleasant and this is revealed to the audience in no uncertain terms in his numerous asides.” (Jameson) Iago is a character who acts different depending on what people he is around, obviously he is not going to say some of the same things when Othello or Cassio are around as he does when they are not there. “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe.”(1.1.91-92) Iago was very manipulative throughout the course of the play, and often got what he wanted by being this way. “Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the position he feels he most justly deserves. Iago deceives, steals, and kills to gain that position.” (Jarret) Iago is a classical type of villain that is the root of all probl... ... middle of paper ... ...g king to much to fully be sorry for what he has done. Each play has its own villain, or evil character, and these three discussed were the evil villains from their plays.
He repeats the phrase "it is the cause, it is the cause" Shakespeare makes use of repetition to emphasize the fact that Othello is acting out of conviction. Othello is convinced of Desdemona guilt. The language device is useful because it emphasizes that Othello sees himself has justified to commit the murder of Desdemona and yet does so resonantly. "It me not name it to you" this implies that Othello is very upset but doesn't want to name the "cause" because it has caused him great pain. The opening line shows Othel... ... middle of paper ... ...ympathetic characters dies.
The first theme I would like to analyze is jealousy. Ken Jacobsen writes, “in the first scene of Othello Iago complains about the shabby treatment he believes he has received from his general. … Iago loses the lieutenant to a man he considers his inferior in both qualifications and experience” (497). Iago is a jealous man who seems to be a sore loser because, he didn't get the lieutenancy. He, Iago, throughout the whole play just wanted to get back at Othello for not choosing him as Othello’s second-in-command.