March 6th 2014
The Wicked Seed in Othello
Planting a wicked seed will grow onto become a tree and as the growth progresses, so does the
wickedness inside. Likewise in Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is the wicked seed that grows onto a tree
and even though the great friends he's given, he slowly but surely becomes more malevolence. Early in
the play, Iago is jealous of Cassio of his title and plots his plan to get rid of him. Afterwards, Iago
begins to carry out his plan and soon enough gets the advantage of becoming Othello's lieutenant. Last
of all, the evil nature in Iago continues and grows onto him yet after achieving the title he so wanted.
Iago's monologues, manipulation, and acts of others brings out the maturation of the seed and extent of
The beginning of the play, Iago was just resentful and odious because of the the jealously he had
toward Cassio for the title he so deserved as lieutenant. Iago has so much hate toward Cassio that he
starts to plan out a downfall that would completely get rid of him. Distraught that Cassio being chosen
over him, his acts start by telling Roderigo how the military genuinely works. “Why, there's no remedy.
'Tis the curse of service;/ Preferment goes by the letter and affection,/ And not by old gradation, where
each second/Stood heir to th' first.” Shakespeare (I, I, 35-38) Iago clearly disdains the reality that he
wasn't selected. This is a key quote which sets the timer of the actions that Iago takes throughout the
play. Becoming the lieutenant is Iago's primary objective and is broad to the audience that he would go
to any extent to obtain it. Iago is merely jealous at this point and jeal...
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...trives for more. As he grows in power, more things begin to happen around him and when
more things happen, Iago gets more evil ideas and grows much more. Shakespeare had created a
perfect villain. A villain who makes work out out of everything and dominates the stage by bringing life
to the character.
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Shakespeare, William. Othello. London: Oxford, 1989. Print.