The Humiliation Of Iago In William Shakespeare's Othello

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The tragedy, "Othello" by William Shakespeare, is not just a play of jealousy. It is a drama about the collision of two worlds. One of them is a world of an absolute cynic, Iago the manipulator. A second world is a world experienced by all the other characters of the tragedy. The ability to understand the true nature of people around Iago makes him quickly navigate the situation. Given by nature, the psychological technique of manipulation, Iago is a master to wear different masks, because he can predict the further course and he is proficient of destroying everything to achieve success. Karl Zender asserted in his article, ' 'The Humiliation Of Iago ' ', 'What does Iago want and why does he do what he does? These questions, endlessly…show more content…
Iago - a man endowed with remarkable powers of observation, which helps him to create an unmistakable representation of people around him. Very often, Iago was cunningly pursuing his hidden agenda. For instance, he knows that Cassio is not tolerant to alcohol and he makes him get drunk; he wants to use him as a wedge between Othello and Desdemona. Moreover, Iago brings up their prior relationship to show Othello that they knew each other, to plant the seed of suspicion. However, in the moments when he was alone on the stage, he speaks frankly about himself and the people with whom he has to face. Iago clearly and objectively expressed the innermost essence of the…show more content…
Moreover, Othello and Iago cannot coexist together because honesty and decency are dangerous for Iago. For instance, it is significant that Iago does not devote Rodrigo of his plan because he was just a tool. In pursuit of his goals, Iago is capable of any crime as it proves his night attack on Cassio. ' 'Iago can say "I am not what I am" because he sees home be a consequence of stories. The result is that he knows himself to be fictional and that he will always be housed by stories of his making ' ' (Wood
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