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The Characteristics Of Narcissism In Othello

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Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one 's own attributes (Mayoclinic.org, 2014). The term originated from the Greek mythology when Narcissus fell in love with his reflection in a pool of water. (Wikipedia) The American Psychiatric Association has classified Narcissistic personality disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is also one of the three dark personality traits that create evil in our world. The Joker, Scar, and Iago all show that narcissism can lead to destroying the social perception of order. These villains all use their narcissistic qualities because they all feel as though they need more power in their spirit. Iago needs to be lieutenant because…show more content…
This is suggested frequently very early on in the play. Iago says, in clear reference to Othello "We cannot all be captains, nor all masters/ Cannot be truly followed" (I, I, 43-44). This is the quote that shows that Iago will never truly serve Othello because he thinks that he is the better man for the task. Iago confirms this by saying “One Michael Cassio… That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows”; this quote is Iago says that he should have been promoted because he has seen battle with his own country and he is also mad because he got three letters of recommendation. Iago also consistently proves he has an inability to empathize with anyone when he says "In following him, I follow but myself" (I, I, 58). Ultimately Iago isn’t a patriot he is a tyrant because he wants the title of lieutenant so that he can shift the chain of command in his favor so he will gain more power. He wants everyone else to watch him as the center of attention just like he considers himself. It is therefore narcissism, not nationalism that leads Iago to plot the downfall of