William Marginn (1987) writes about what he thinks on the character of Iago specifically about his intentions. What he seems to argue is that ‘’At the outset Iago intends merely to gull Roderigo and undermine Cassio, but that the circumstance of Othello 's marriage unfortunately presents itself as a surer means to gain his revenge.’’ and ‘’he concludes that the most legitimate of those offered by Iago is Cassio 's appointment to the lieutenancy.’’ This is true on what he says because at some point in the play it is known that Cassio is appointed to lieutenancy in favour than Iago which might of made him have outraged and unforgivable towards Othello, making him only to seek revenge and torture Othello along his marriage. An example from Act 2, scene 1 is a soliloquy by Iago of him saying ‘’For that I do suspect the lusty moor...
... middle of paper ...
...sio is well deserved his title, But Iago as a maniac goes in complete denial and will do whatever it takes to steal the position and title through the manipulation of Othello and doesn’t realise this. Iago doesn’t see any wrong in doing so by destroying the marriage of Othello and Desdemona. This is what may Fred West and Coleridge agree on defining Iago as a true psychopath.
Even though these two critics (Fred West and Coleridge) align and agree with each other I am not entirely convinced that Iago was driven motiveless and him being a complete psychopath even with his capabilities. In his siloloquys he mentions about him suspecting Othello sleeping with his wife and not to forget about the position not being given to him. It makes me believe that these reasons are justified enough to make Iago want to have revenge on Othello as it induced him with unforgiveness.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In 1603, William Shakespeare wrote a tragedy called Othello about a Spanish moor that ultimately fell victim to his own skepticism and emotions and murders his wife due to the machinations of Iago. Iago is the most interesting character in this Shakespearean play and in fact, has more speaking parts than even Othello himself. A man that can even convince his own wife to help with his masterfully manipulated puppetry of Othello, Desdemona, Rodrigo, Cassio, and Emilia is an exquisite character. This villain seems to have no real motive for his actions, but the enjoyment of the trouble he causes and the fact that Othello passed him over for his lieutenant.... [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare, Brabantio]
1937 words (5.5 pages)
- The Tragedy of Othello “Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It 's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated.”- Alveda King Although most people will tell themselves that race is not an issue, the truth always is staring them straight in the eye. The fundamental crime is a flawed belief that some people are above others and deserve to look down on those different. In the play The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare uses symbolism, imagery, and characters to illustrate the prejudice and racism which surrounds different ethnicities and its effects on society.... [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Roderigo]
1530 words (4.4 pages)
- Othello, the Shakespearean tragedy which features Othello the moor as the main character, is a Shakespearean play rich for interpretation. Othello follows the story of Othello and his wife Desdemona as their story, unfortunately, ends in tragedy, murder, and suicide. Due to the fact that Othello is black, he is susceptible to the racial stereotypes that Shakspeare has built for him. Othello is originally introduced as an honorable and dignified man but throughout the play, he slowly and then rapidly deteriorates into an almost animal-like state.... [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Iago]
1481 words (4.2 pages)
- Othello’s personal flaw being his lack of judgement and capability to be manipulated, shows an example of how his flaw led to a tragedy. In “Poetics”, Aristotle argues that “every tragedy must have six parts to determine its quality; plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, and song” (Aristotle 196). William Shakespeare’s Othello is an example of this concept on the grounds that it follows several parts of defining a tragedy; specifically plot, character, and spectacle. The plot of Othello describes how this play is a tragedy.... [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]
1572 words (4.5 pages)
- “I told him what I thought and told no more than what he found himself was apt and true”. Who is responsible for the tragedy that unfolds in Othello. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, we witness a classical Shakespearean tragedy where the main protagonist Othello has a fatal flaw of jealousy. In Act 5 Scene 2, Iago justifies his actions and claims that “I told him what I thought and told no more than what he found himself was apt and true.” Like Iago himself, such vindications should not be taken by face value and are contradicted in his numerous soliloquies.... [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Tragic hero, Iago]
1438 words (4.1 pages)
- William Penn once said, “Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.” If Othello, the protagonist of Othello had followed this cynical attitude many lives would have been saved. In Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tragic story of Othello who is led to his downfall because of his confidante’s deception. Shakespeare effectively utilizes symbolism, asides, imagery and characterization to demonstrate the effect of Iago’s lies in the ruination of Othello. Shakespeare excellently uses symbolism in this drama.... [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Soliloquy]
850 words (2.4 pages)
- Is it only natural for us to be jealous. Jealousy is a form of hatred built upon insecurity; it is the root of all evil. Many things that lead to jealousy, for example are our jobs, relationships, and material goods, simply because we don’t want to lose them. Humans don’t have much control over jealousy; it is an instinctive emotion that everyone will feel at some point or another. Its intensity is often shielding emotions that have been buried of possessiveness, insecurity or embarrassment. The extent of madness that jealousy will bring a person in to is alarming.... [tags: Othello, Jealousy, William Shakespeare, Emotion]
1009 words (2.9 pages)
- Othello by William Shakespeare is one of the many plays that captures the phenomenal writing of Shakespeare. Similar to most of Shakespeare’s plays, Othello, is a tragic tale of how a noble warrior named Othello goes from the peak of his life to the lowest point of his life because of miscommunication and manipulation. Every character in this story plays a significant role on the outcome of the story especially the antagonist named Iago. He demonstrates that the most intelligent people aren’t always the nicest of people.... [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Murder]
1403 words (4 pages)
- In the play Othello (1603) by William Shakespeare, love and hate are two most critical far-reaching themes expressed throughout the play. There is no doubt that whether Othello loves Desdemona during the initial parts of the play and hence they get married. Then as the play progresses, Iago, the villain in the play manipulates Othello, by gaining his trust and injects him with the poisonous seeds of hate and jealousy. Thus, the great love between the couple fades away as hatred, jealously and revenge takes over Othello – which only ends after he murders his wife.... [tags: Love, Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]
827 words (2.4 pages)
- Shakespeare 's dramatic yet manipulative use of language is clearly evident throughout William Shakespeare 's tragedy, Othello. Shakespeare 's character, Iago has woven a web of lies which greatly affects the personalities and emotions of certain individuals. Language is the essence of this tragedy; it creates conflict and clashes between characters, whether they be lovers or friends. In particular, Othello, the hero and protagonist of this play is targeted by a cunning villain, Iago who creates turmoil and anger in Othello 's career and relationship with his beloved, Desdemona.... [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Love]
1459 words (4.2 pages)
- Curing Dementia Syndrome ( Alzheimer 's Association, 2015 )
- Is Nursing A Form Of Punishment Is All About Compassionate And Non Judgmental Care?
- Implementing Effective Technology Instruction
- Children 's Bad Choices : Children, Friends, And Myself
- Service Delivery And Service Quality
- The American Dream Is Leaving America