Mustafa: Iago vs Othello “I hate the Moor: And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets! He has done my office: I know not if't be true; But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety.” Iago is crushed when he is told about a rumour how Othello is having an affair with his wife Emilia. Iago already was angry with Othello because he gave his promotion away to someone less qualified than him. This will give him a greater reason to ruin his life. It is so because of the motivation and drive he has received from this situation which will lead to better ideas.
The answer falls first in his failure at receiving a promotion to lieutenant. Beyond this, we can find a deeper thought into Iago's mind of a possible suspicion that Emilia, his wife, was having an affair with Othello. Lastly, we all can see that Iago, though serious, enjoys the anger he exhibits. Iago is a troubled man with one mission, to destroy everyone, and he uses his immense hate from the wrongs against him to establish this. Before anything, we must address that Iago was disappointed that he was passed over for the position of lieutenant.
Due to the feeling of jealousy felt by the antagonist, Iago about not getting the job he wanted, he makes a plan to somehow destroy Othello’s love for Desdemona. As the play progresses, the protagonist, Othello begins to appear more like Iago, as his jealousy destroys his wife and consumes his life. Therefore, jealousy is personified as a “green eyed monster” through the combination of Othello’s credulous nature and Iago’s malicious villainy. It is the reason for the change in Iago’s and Othello’s behavior, impacts the insecurity
Othello is desperate for people to know that he has swiftly dealt with his allegedly cheating wife to defend his honor and reputation. Rather than maintaining his reasonable disposition he possesses for a large duration of the play he gets blinded by jealousy, turning to lunacy. An example of this is when he begins to spew gibberish in the presence of Iago, upset with his wife's alleged infidelity, saying, “Pish! Noses, ears, and lips--is’t possible? Confess--handkerchief--O, devil!” (4.1.50-52).
He tricks Othello into thinking the worst about Cassio and that he is having an affair with Othello’s wife Desdemona. Throughout the tragic play of Othello, Shakespeare uses an ongoing theme of appearance versus reality to show how Iago manipulates each character, especially Roderigo and Othello, into misinterpreting what they see. Iago is a very tricky character; he pretends to be a loyal servant to Othello, but is also secretly destroying his marriage at the same time. There is a lot of dramatic irony throughout the entire play, the audience knows all about Iago’s motives and no one else does. In the beginning on the play Iago talks about his hatred towards Othello and gives the audience an inside view on all of his true motives.
Othello’s striking of Desdemona is the result of jealousy and anger. This clouds his judgment. Instead of approaching the situation in a calm manner, which quite possibly could have exposed the real truth, he chose to react the way he did. This would be a significant factor in his downfall. The most extreme example occurs at the end of the play, when Othello decides to kill Desdemona for her suspected affair.
Iago, the man with sleek words, makes Othello believe his wife is cheating on him with Cassio. Othello does not know how to respond to this nonsense. He does not understand that he loved Desdemona with all of his heart. Why did he get this pain in return? The actions and emotions that have taken place in the play; revenge is what comes to mind.
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.
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.
He wanted to be with Desdemona badly and because Othello married her without consent he is jealous of him. This begins Roderigo's resentment to Othello, and his thoughts on ruining him. Also, since Othello has married Desdemona without Barbantio's approval. Roderigo helps Iago with his plan to make Desdemona's father aware of the situation, due to the fact that they both want to sabotage Othello. Iago says to Roderigo, "Call up her father,/ Rouse him.