Iago becomes one of Shakespeare's most frightening villains, because he can look at someones eyes, lie through his teeth, and make a person believe he possesses good intentions. At the moment Iago holds little difficulty with Roderigo, who assumes that Iago must have known about Othello's plans, but Iago quickly talks his way out of the difficulty and takes jurisdiction of the situation. Iago declares that the departure comes a complete surprise, and Roderigo answers, "Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate" giving Iago a chance to talk about himself, which he loves. To prove his hatred of Othello, Iago tells the story of how he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant. He discloses that three very important Venetians very humbly asked Othello to give the job to him.
In the story of Othello, we meet many astonishing characters, but there seems to be one character that stands out amongst them all; Iago. Iago is William Shakespeare’s most wicked villain throughout the entire play. Shakespeare uses rhetoric of identity early on when introducing Iago by the “I am not what I am” speech (1.1.71), perhaps foreshadowing his true personality (Sleczkowski). Iago is the whole reason why there is any conflict in Othello. Iago has a magnificent role in the play, working as a vicious virus towards the characters.
The audience, for our part, seems to lap up his words and enjoy with some sort of sadistic pleasure his extremely talented actions. Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex villains. 'We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly followedâ€¦ Heaven is my judge' Maybe the question we should be asking is not why the audience may enjoy Iago, but why Iago makes the effort to make us enjoy his actions. He craves to control other people's lives and then see their downfall. He sees himself as the director of a play and every play must have an audience.
Shakespeare is brilliant in his transformation of the handsome, fairly two-dimensional rogue in Cinthio's original to the evil egotist who preys on human emotions, a character so deep he could undergo psychological analysis. Indeed is can, and has been said, "Iago is the spirit of negation set against the spirit of creation," Geoffrey Wilson Knight. He shows immense wit throughout the play but uses this gift and his graft of words for pure evil and to bring about human suffering, something he sadistically enjoys. This idea of intelligent and scheming subordinates would have worried the Jacobean audience who relied strongly on the class structure. S.T.
The Character of Iago There is no doubt in « Othello » as to the role Shakespeare has given Iago, he is the villain, masterful at deceit he generates most evil in the play. The clever soldier, his incredible acting allows him to be two or three completely different people. During most of the Act the audience finds itself constantly trying to find a motive for Iago’s actions but finds none that can justify what he is about to do. What does seem to come back again and again is his view on women which he sees as sex rapacious and a danger to his machiavellian plans. Scene 1 offers us a good preview as to what Iago is going to do for the rest of the Act and ultimately the rest of the play.
One of the main themes in this play is how everything is not as it seems and Iago cruelly tricks Roderigo to make it seem as if he is his friend. Iago makes Roderigo believe he has good intentions towards him. Though it seems to Roderigo that everything Iago says is true, the true meaning behind Iago’s words is hidden to Roderigo which makes it easier to manipulate him. Everything Iago does, in some way, is advantageous to him. These minor cruel acts that Iago has done so far are leading up to more life-threating cruel acts that he will do in the near future.
Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him. Due to Iago's innate sense of deception, he has two major personalities, one of appearance and the other of reality. But Shakespeare instead of making his villain transparent, Iago is given depth and spirit. The deceitful nature of Iago is conveyed to the audience by his treachery of the other characters, especially Othello. Iago appears to be extremely plausible, building a fabricated trust with those who surround him.
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.
He conceals his animosity of Othello to plot vengeance, a brilliant, thought out scheme to exploit his master. Iago is egotistical as he creates jealousy in other characters to make them feel as he does. He is blinded by his ego, envy and anger, his main goal is for everyone to feel as he does, he thrives for others to be equally jealous. He aims to complete his goal through betrayal and manipulation of multiple characters, particularly Othello. 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.
[Act I, Scene III, Line 308] Iago?s intelligence and knowledge of human nature (others? and his own) allow him to control the other characters with ease. How does Iago see himself? "Others there are who, trimmed in forms and visages of duty, keep yet their hearts attending on themselves, ... ... middle of paper ... ...n conflict of the play. Iago plans to ruin Othello and Cassio by carrying out a plan based on lies and deceit.