A villain is defined as an evil character in a novel, movie, play, or other story, especially one who is the main enemy of the hero according to Encarta Dictionary. In "Othello," Iago fits this definition perfectly though Othello does not recognize that Iago is his enemy until the end of the story. Iago is the evil-minded, backstabbing character in this dramatic story. He demonstrates this villainy act all through out the story beginning with being angry with Othello for not appointing him as lieutenant, his revenge on cassio for taking his place as lieutenant, and setting up Desdemona to look like she is cheating on Othello. His machinations are so effective because they flow consistently.
He lies and cleverly persuades Othello to believe that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio and he also involves Roderigo and Emilia in his plotting. Iago is further assisted in this by Desdemona chance of dropping handkerchief of great sentimental value given to her by Othello. Othello commits himself to revenge wanting Iago to plan Cassio's death while he plans to kill Desdemona. Thus, this scene is important because it is showing us turning points of different characters. Othello who appears to be good and less tempered in previous acts is now angry and obsessed with revenge and vulnerable in this act.
Iago manipulates the characters by revealing and exploiting their fatal flaws to bring about their downfall. Iago uses Othello's jealousy of Cassio to make Othello believe he is having an affair with Desdemona. Iago uses Desdemona's trust and love for Othello to bring about her downfall. Iago even uses his wife's trust to make her not notice his schemes. Iago also uses Cassio's fatal flaw, trust.
At the beginning of the play, Othello assigns the lieutenant role to Cassio rather than Iago, who is Othello’s close friend. Iago believed that he was more qualified as a lieutenant, which led him to develop anger towards Othello. Also, Iago was convinced that his wife, Emilia has cheated on him with Othello, and believed that the only way to get back is to corrupt his life. This rage led him to plot an evil scheme to ruin Othello’s life as he says, “[…] put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure” (2. 1, 300).
No Fear Shakespeare: Othello written by John Crowther states, Iago’s motivations are notoriously murky...he claims to be motivated by different things: resentment that Othello passed him over for a promotion in favor of Michael Cassio; jealousy because he heard a rumor that Othello slept with Iago’s wife, Emilia; suspicion that Cassio slept with Emilia too. Iago gives the impression that he’s tossing out plausible motivations as he thinks of them, and that we’ll never understand what really drives his villainy. (How do I cite when it is on the character sheet without a page number?) Iago’s enmity is motiveless because even though he provides the justification for his hatred, Iago does not have legitimate reasons for his malevolent actions. During the first scene of the play, Iago tells the audience one of his reasons for hating Othello.
Devising a risky and poorly thought out plan exemplifies one of the many mistakes made by Friar Lawrence, which led to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Desperate times call for desperate measures. For example, when Romeo was banished from Verona and Juliet comes to Friar Lawrence for help to escape her upcoming marriage with Paris, the Friar “spy a kind of hope, which craves as desperate an execution as that is desperate which we could prevent” (4.1. 69-71). From there, Friar Lawrence created a plan so risky ... ... middle of paper ... ...ions and actions made by Friar Lawrence did not help, but hurt those involved.
This is a loop hole Iago has been given in order to further control how Othello sees things. Iago's sly and deceitful behavior and language lead Othell... ... middle of paper ... ...other man; let alone with Cassio who is Othello's lieutenant. Iago's anger towards Othello leads him to play with the Moor's emotions and manipulates what he sees by using language as his weapon. Iago also uses Othello's trust in his ensign to further put his revenge into reality. He uses trustful language to make Othello have faith in him, also Iago talks about things he does not care about, but knows that Othello finds them important.
The Character of Iago In Othello, by William Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing characters is Iago. At first glance he seems to be pure evil, but I think his actions are much more complex. Through thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things that benefit him and move him closer to his goals. This character is consumed with envy and deceit that leads to theft and killing. Iago is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and the other characters towards their tragic endings.
The irony behind this line is where he continues: "I know not if't be true/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind; / Will do as if for surety"(I.iii.383-385). Iago is so exceedingly paranoid and insane that he will go far as murdering, and deluding even a general into murdering his wife. Iago simultaneously conducts a devious plan to obtain Cassio's position as lieutenant, using Desdemona's prime weakness; her naivety. He disgraces Cassio by intoxicating him enough so he strikes Roderigo. Othello then discharges Cassio of his Lieutenancy when he says: "Cassio, I love thee,/ But nevermore be officer of mine" (II.iii.242-244).
In the play Othello, the character Iago is a liar, who will trick anyone to get his way, regardless of what happens to them or how they would feel. Iago does his best to find flaws in others and makes deals, agreements and promises with people that he doesn’t plan to keep. Iago is a pure evil, manipulative villain because of the actions he expressed throughout the play, as well as the way he deceived other characters, and the compassion he showed for revenge. Iago is a character in the play Othello, that brings trouble to people he doesn 't care much for. He doesn’t think much of anyone besides himself.