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William Shakespeare 's Othello And The Good And Honest Iago

- When looking at Iago his actions are very similar to those of Richard the third the reaction of the people around him is very much different as is the reaction by the audience reading this play. Where in the text we see the characters hate Richard in Othello we see Iago being constantly called ‘ the good and honest Iago’. Looking through text he is called good Iago four times and honest Iago five times, which when asking audiences is nine times to many. One of the most important thing is that Iago himself mentions this honest side of himself in his own speech in act three of the play....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Truth, Michael Cassio]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago

- Othello – Honest Iago Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, is that of honesty.  In the play, the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago."  However, this could not be farther from the truth.  Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals.  He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others.  Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Honest Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- Honest Iago of Othello     To most of the world William Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest dramatist in history.  His plays have been performed for centuries through various interpretations.  Shakespeare's vast knowledge, and writing style made his works interesting for both the intellectual, and the illiterate.  One of these styles is the use of motifs, which is seen extensively in Othello.  An important example that runs throughout Othello, is Iago's honesty.  This motif gave existence to Shakespeare's perfect villain....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello - Honest Iago

- In the play Othello the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago." Ironically, this could not be farther from the truth. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals. He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others. Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end. Iago wants vengeance on Othello so he targets his wife Desdemona....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Honest Iago

- Honest Iago The poet Coleridge appropriately described the character of Iago as being one of "motiveless malignity." Throughout the play Iago’s motives are secondary to, and seem only to serve as justification for, his actions. Iago is driven by his nature of character. To discuss Coleridge’s assessment we must look at Iago’s character—from Iago’s point of view and that of the other characters—his motives, methods, and pawns. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him; all the while he is pushing Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, Emilia, and Cassio to their tragic end....   [tags: essays papers]

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Shakespeare's Othello Essay - Honest Iago

- Othello - Honest Iago The most interesting and round character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "honest" Iago. Through carefully though-out words and actions, Iago manipulates others to do things in which he benefits. Iago is the main driving force in "Othello," pushing several characters towards their tragic end. Iago is not a traditional villain for he plays a unique and complex role. Unlike most villains in tragic plays, evidence of Iago's deception is not clearly visible....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Deceitfulness Of Iago In Othello

- (I,iii,395), and cause mistrust and grief for Othello and Desdemona, eventually causing a rift in their relationship (I,iii,339). Despite Iago’s ideal encapsulation of the “villain” persona, in which his nature is one of very untrustworthy and extremely manipulative, he manages to control his emotions and jealousy to a great degree. Even to such an extent that Othello calls him nicknames like “Honest Iago” and “Fair Iago”. Due to the secretive nature Iago possesses, his moves are precise and calculated which leads to unexpected and very harsh attacks....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare]

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Iago, By William Shakespeare

- Iago is one of the most complex characters in William Shakespeare’s Othello. To most of the characters, he is “Honest Iago” (Shakespeare, 5.2.73). however, the audience knows that Iago is the furthest thing from honest. Iago is a devil bent on destroying the lives of everyone around him. At the beginning of the play, the audience learns that Iago is determined to ruin Othello’s marriage to Desdemona. He has appointed a new lieutenant, Michael Cassio. This angers Iago because he feels that he has much more military experience and should be the lieutenant....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare]

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Othello And Iago By William Shakespeare

- Conflict is a negative effect that arises when people fail to communicate. It exists in workplaces, homes, and in many places where no interaction exist amid people of different background. In Shakespeare’s Othello, many conflicts and opposition happen among close friends and enemies which shapes the plot. This results from differences in culture and races of the characters within the play. The main conflicts in the play depicts between Othello and Iago and illustrates in various ways. A character such as Iago depends on double meanings, miscommunications, and indirect meanings to show the nature of conflict....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Emilia]

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How Is Iago An Intriguing Character?

- How is Iago an intriguing character. Across the history of literature, we as readers have encountered many villains whom intrigue us. Iago from the play “Othello” is a prime example. Known as one of Shakespeare’s most sinister and manipulative villains, Iago commits countless betrayals without arousing suspicion. Throughout the play, we see Iago 's constant scheming to exploit lives- particularly Othello’s. Despite his malevolence however, Iago possesses a complexity that we find compelling and memorable....   [tags: Iago, Othello, Michael Cassio, Othello]

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Iago Logos In Othello

- Othello by William Shakespeare was given the wrong name; this play is about Iago and the many tricks he uses to get his revenge. Othello is a powerful and important man, but Iago, Iago is one of a kind. He is a manipulative character that ruins the lives of people close to him, people who trust him. The lives of important key roles are ruined because of the hatred and jealousy Iago has for Othello. How does Iago manage to manipulate so many people in Othello. While successfully controlling the lives of everyone Iago manages to use ethos, logos, and pathos to get his revenge....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Ethos]

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Iago, By William Shakespeare

- Everyone loves a good plot twist, and Othello has a fairly huge plot twist. “Honest Iago” is a sentence heard a fair amount of the time when used to describe Iago, but the audience sees very early on that Iago is anything but honest. Iago is seen as one of the most hated villains ever as he was extremely devise and no one ever really understands why as his motives are never quite clear. “Iago stands supreme among Shakespeare 's evil characters because the greatest intensity and subtlety of imagination have gone to his making, and because he illustrates in the most perfect combination the two facts concerning evil which seem to have impressed Shakespeare most.” ("Iago Character Introduction."...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Villain, Michael Cassio]

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Iago, By William Shakespeare

- The Maniacal Puppeteer Of all the characters in Shakespeare 's literature, Iago is the most innately evil antagonist created. Although Shakespeare’s other antagonists show reasoning behind their actions, Iago lacks any type of motive. In the tragedy, Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago, the manipulative antagonist plays the role of a master puppeteer who successfully creates chaos and disorder throughout the entire play with no motives behind them. Early on, Iago is seen by the other characters as an honest and trustworthy ensign....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare, Narcissism]

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Iago Deception Essay

- The reason for a person’s deception gives light into the nature and desires of that person. In the play “Othello” Shakespeare’s character Iago deceives many of the other characters in the play for the sole purpose of revenge based on his speculation alone. Iago’s deception and the ultimate death of Roderigo, Othello, and Iago’s own wife Emilia, shows how harsh and inhumane Iago is. This harsh reaction to simple speculation shows Iago’s cruel insensitive nature as well as calls the reader to reflect on their own ill-considered reactions....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Deception]

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Iago By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- There is no greater power in the world than the power of words. In Shakespeare’s Othello, the characters become mere marionettes forced to perform in the sadist, Iago, sick and twisted show. Iago manipulates lies and truth to create a brilliantly elaborate scheme that allows him to easily control any person of his choosing. Iago discretion enables him to fly under the radar undetected to further progress his ultimate goal of bringing down Othello. The profound use of language contributed to Iago’s deception of character such as Roderigo, Cassio and Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Deception]

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Why Is Iago A Master Of Reputation In Othello

- Honor is an easy trait to fake when nobody is watching. Iago was a mastermind that throughout the play clearly tricked many characters into believing he was an honorable man. A good reputation is clearly not the direct jewel of a person’s existence, if that were true, then Iago would have had a blackened reputation instead. Truthfulness was a trait that Iago also lacked, he more than made up for it by using that as an advantage to trap other characters in his web of deceit. Iago was a master of appearances, he appeared honest and trustworthy when it was most needed....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Brabantio, Desdemona, Roderigo]

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Shakespeare 's Iago As A Particular Of Symbolic Art

- Evil Epitomized: Analyzing Shakespeare’s Iago as a Particular of Symbolic Art Tough to break into, the mindset of a sociopath often mesmerizes and intrigues the faint of heart. Shrouded in myth and mystery, people who lack consciences appear difficult to understand. Often, they simply fall into the category of “evil.” Though the term lacks foresight and explanations for cause and effect, it can add layers of meaning to any subject which it labels. As William Shakespeare employs Iago as a particular for the universal of evil in his tragedy Othello, he cleverly parallels fictional tragedy with the calamities that strike the innocent all too often in real life....   [tags: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare]

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Iago By William Shakespeare 's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespear’s play “Othello” offers a precise explanation; Iago is a hateful, havoc seeking manipulator who holds several motives behind destroying several lives. From the beginning of the play, the reader is captivated by Iago’s character of a villain. In the beginning of the play it is revealed to the reader through the conversation between Iago and Rodriguez that Iago loathes Othello because he was not assigned the position of Lieutenant. However, it seems as the story progresses, more factors come into play regarding his hate towards Othello....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, William Shakespeare]

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Shakespeare 's Othello : Iago Character Analysis

- Iago Character Analysis From the very beginning of Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is held in very high regard within the community in Venice. He is often called “honest Iago” by many people, including his superior, Othello. There is a large juxtaposition between Iago’s character in the beginning of the play, and the general perception at the end of the play, due to Iago’s many character flaws that cause him to create devious plans and a web of deception and lies, spun by his intense anger and hatred....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Desdemona]

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Shakespeare 's Othello - Iago 's Image

- “Iago’s Image” In William Shakespeare’s “Othello, the Moor of Venice”, we observe several different characters to include the Moor himself; however, Othello’s trusted and loyal ensign Iago continually surfaces as somewhat of the play’s director that holds a generalized hate with the world (Web.b.ebscohost.com.bethelu.idm.oclc.org, 2015). Consequently, Iago uses his very strategic skills to manipulate and control people’s emotion for his personal gain. Iago, also known as “honest Iago”, is initially presented as being direct and truthful, when in fact his actions are not consistent with his reputation (Bevington, 2014)....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Brabantio]

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Iago 's Strategic Acts Of Character Manipulation

- Iago‟s Strategic Acts of Character Manipulation W.H. Auden once said, "There is more than meets the eye", suggesting that there may be a hidden or deeper meaning behind a person 's initial appearance. Lies and deceits are common in society, and many individuals mask their true intentions with a veneer. In Shakespeare 's play Othello, the character Iago is no different from those deceptive individuals. Behind his façade as a trustworthy ensign and friend, Iago is a multilayered, deceptive and manipulative villain, concocting chaos and causing mishaps toother characters for revenge....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Deception, Michael Cassio]

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Iago 's Manipulations As A Skeptic Othello And Desdemona

- To clearly illustrate Iago’s manipulations as a skeptic Othello and Desdemona are the last of the puppeteer’s targets to take down. Both Othello and Desdemona suffer from “the idols of the theatre” (Aph 44, Bacon 152). Bacon defines the idols of theater as “idols which have immigrated into men’s minds from the various dogmas and philosophies, and also the wrong laws of demonstration” (Aph 44, Bacon 152). Othello seems to have clear principles that he abides by and when shown that his principles are not allowing him to have the life he thought he would he has a different set of principles that he follows for revenge....   [tags: Iago, Othello, William Shakespeare, Character]

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Iago 's Subconscious Motive Of Shakespeare 's Othello

- Iago’s Subconscious Motive Iago, the antagonist of Shakespeare’s work, Othello, is often considered purely evil or sociopathic. At first glance, Iago appears to be a static, two-dimensional villain, but he is much more. Shakespeare, renown for his awareness of the human condition, leaves many important aspects of Iago’s life up to interpretation. In published works and critical interpretations, Iago is commonly attached to a myriad of mental illnesses and personality disorders. Because it seems that Iago’s life revolves around Othello and Desdemona, it is understandable how people may suggest that Iago is in love with Othello, or that he is a psychopath with no true motives....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Love, Maslow's hierarchy of needs]

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Iago Of Othello

- Iago of "Othello" What makes a good villain. What qualities make one villain stand out from another. Is it their demeanor, ruthlessness, or the methods that they employ to accomplish their tasks. In any case, a great villain must leave the reader with a respect for their methods and a question about their motives. In Shakespeare's Othello, there is one character in Iago that fulfills all of these qualifications. Iago is a wonderful villain because he gains other's trust, relentlessly takes advantage of his peers' flaws, and unapologetically causes the deaths of his counterparts in order to achieve his goals....   [tags: Character Analysis Othello Iago Shakespeare]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello William Shakespeare, born: 1564 died: 1616, is considered one of the greatest writers who has ever lived. He had a unique way of putting things into words. All of his plays, sonnets, and poems have gotten great recognition. But when Shakespeare wrote Othello he created one of the most controversial villains of all times; Iago. He is best described as disturbing, ruthless, and amoral. No other character can even come close to his evil (Iago: The 1). Iago, in the play Othello, is a very intriguing villain....   [tags: William shakespeare Othello Iago Essays]

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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello Who is Iago. Iago poisons people's thoughts, creating ideas in their heads without implicating himself. His first victim is Roderigo. Roderigo remarks, "That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine." [Act I, Scene I, Line 2] Throughout the play, Iago leads Roderigo, professing that ". . . I do hate [the Moor] as I do Hell pains." [Act I, Scene I, Line 152] He tells Roderigo to "Put money in thy purse" [Act I, Scene III, Line 328] so that he can win Desdemona with gifts....   [tags: Iago William shakespeare Othello Essays]

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The Character of Iago from Othello

- The Character of Iago from Othello The character of Iago is crucial for the play, and its essence has often been presented as ‘the evil taking a human form.’ What is important to any attempt to understand this play is the mechanism that makes the action moving forward. If this is ‘the force of evil’, represented in the character of Iago, this gives him the most relevant role, the power to forward the entire course of the play in certain direction. A number of fortunate circumstances helps his plot, and even in the most dangerous moments everything seems to fit his plans....   [tags: Othello William Shakespeare Iago Plays Essays]

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Iago Is An Artist Of Evil

- Of all of Shakespeare 's villainous characters, Iago is one of the most unforgettable ones. The deception he constantly shows throughout the play, confirms the complexities of Iago’s character that he is not simply a man seeking vengeance. Shakespeare scholar Harold Bloom argues that Iago is an artist of evil. In the same way that some people enjoy writing songs or filming movies, Iago enjoys ruining people 's lives(Bloom). Iago conducts his evil acts with a sense of artistry in the sense he appreciates the cleverness of every particular step he takes in his scheme for vengeance....   [tags: Othello, Jealousy, Iago, Love]

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Honest Betrayal in Othello

- Honest Betrayal in Othello Iago's honest betrayal has left Othello pondering over Desdemona's faithfulness. Believing the words of his most honest ancient, Othello gullibly succumbs to his insinuations of his wife, Desdemona, as being unfaithful. Through Othello's soliloquy, he is not the self-confident General formerly portrayed as. Instead, his indecision over his wife's infidelity has caused him to explore his flaws as a human being, showing signs of appearance versus reality. Othello Citation: This fellow's of exceeding honesty, And knows all qualities, with a learned spirit, Of human dealings....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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The Evil Iago of Othello

- Evil masterminds are always successful in their diabolical schemes, but each one does it in their own special way. Some may be highly ranked and powerful, but some may be simple people in a simple community. In the play Othello, the simple ancient, Iago is very successful at his schemes. Iago is able to get the trust of everyone around him, and to appear honest. He is also driven to continue with his schemes and to never quite. From the first scene of the play to the last, Iago is able to be trusted by everyone....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Character Analysis]

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The Evil Iago of Othello

- Iago is the poisoner and his job is to ruin lives to get what he wants by using his ironic words to destroy his victims. His evil disguised plan works on foolish Othello and Cassio, who foolishly trust Iago. Iago uses both Cassio and Othello to his advantage, noticing how trustworthy they are of him. Both Cassio and Othello make the mistake of calling Iago, honest Iago (II. Iii. 355), and when he hears this he knows that he controls Cassio and Othello. Iago is smart. He is also underestimated and ruthless....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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A Comparison of Iago and Lucifer

- Wicked, dishonorable, corrupt, villainous, malicious, and vicious all have one thing in common: they define evil. A person or a group of people that display these qualities are often to be defined as evil beings or creatures. Two people that have many of these characteristics developed within them are Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello and Lucifer from the Bible. Both Iago and Lucifer are developed with many “evil” qualities woven intricately into their character development. The representation of each “evil” characteristic gives them something they have in common allowing the description and portrayal of both Iago and Lucifer in literature show the audience they share common “evil” characteri...   [tags: compare contrast]

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Othello: Iago is the Devil Incarnate

- In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, Iago the antagonist of the play is one of Shakespeare’s most multifaceted villains. Through deception Iago makes his fellow characters believes he is a true and honest man. All the while he is manipulating and deceiving every single one of them. Iago is not the typical villain one would now see in cinema. He has much more depth and complexity, and can be believed to be amoral; this is what gives his character such prowess. One of the most brilliantly crafted villains in history, Iago is an incredibly intelligent and creative man who shows throughout the play how apt he is at twisting the truth and turning the facts upside down, using strategies and t...   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello]

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The Snake: Iago in Othello

- ... Of course, the audience and Iago know that Desdemona will never marry Roderigo, no matter the amount of the money. She is not the type of person who would marry for money. Despite that, Iago manipulates Roderigo’s feelings for his own benefit. In Act 2, Iago is a deceptive person. He is able to effortlessly pretend that he loves Cassio, even though he is plotting to get him fired. There is a part of Act 2 of Scene 3, where a brawl has just taken place between Cassio and Roderigo. Cassio is made drunk by Iago; Roderigo takes advantage of this and picks a fight with him....   [tags: revenge, evil, manipulative, cunning]

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Iago the Machiavellian in Othello

- Throughout history, there have been many human beings whom have been seen as either a hero or a villain. In their childhood, these people must had obstacles that were in their way, causing each individual to either work harder or give up. People, however; must understand that each individual has a potential in achieving their goals, but if one is mistreated or deceived due to jealousy, resentment, hatred, or ambition, it can lead to many catastrophic events. People who have pride and arrogance do not want to have equals, rather they want to see their victims suffer....   [tags: Othello Essays]

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Othello: Iago's Soliloquies and Intentions

- Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions In every play there is at least one character that jumps of the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, liar, manipulator, and psychopath. It seems as though in the world of Shakespeare there is always consent power struggles throughout almost all his plays (list several examples) However, to me the most interesting of all of these, is in the play Othello. Where Iago seeks revenge on an unknowing Othello....   [tags: Tragedy of Othello, Shakespeare]

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The Characterization of Iago and Othello

- In the play, Othello by William Shakespeare, the memorable ideas have been presented through dramatic techniques by the characterization of Iago and Othello. These two characters are the cause and effect of the play and through them, the destruction of human nature, the question of the effect that love can have on our ability to reason and the deceptive nature of man are explored. Love links the ideas of jealousy and deception, as Iago manipulates this strong emotion to his advantage. Also, Shakespeare’s dramatic technique of presenting this story as a play, is what is able to reveal all the ideas and themes to the extent that the full emotion and feelings are able to be felt by the audience...   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Essay On Iago A Psychopath

- Imagine the word “psychopath.” Perhaps a serial killer comes to mind; however, the fact of the matter is, psychopaths are far more complex. They are, of course, individuals, but psychopaths do tend to share certain aspects in personality. Some of the core aspects include an excessive amount of charisma, a heightened sense of self worth, an innate ability to manipulate, pathological lying, lack of great emotion, lack of empathy, criminal versatility, and sexual behavior. In “Othello” by William Shakespeare, we follow the story of one man named Iago....   [tags: Psychopathy, Antisocial personality disorder]

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Iago: The Living Janus

- There are many people that are considered sociopaths in the world, many of which hold high ranks in our society; amongst those many people you could find presidents and CEO's of companies, all willing to do whatever it takes to step on all kinds of people to get to the top of the social classes. If the definition of a sociopath is someone with an emotional and behavior disorder, clear perception of reality save for the person's social and moral obligations and often by the pursuit of immediate gratification in criminal acts or sexual perversion then Iago fits the description perfectly....   [tags: Shakespeare's Othello]

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Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions

- Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions In every play, there is at least one character that jumps off the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, a liar, a manipulator, and a psychopath. It seems Shakespeare developed a very maniacal character but not one that is unreal. I feel as though we have our fair share of Iago’s in today’s society. Many politicians seem to fit into this category, manipulating people for manipulation sake....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Othello, manipulation]

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Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions

- In every play, there is at least one character that jumps off the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, a liar, a manipulator, and a psychopath. It seems Shakespeare developed a very maniacal character but not one that is unreal. I feel as though we have our fair share of Iago’s in today’s society. Many politicians seem to fit into this category, manipulating people for manipulation sake....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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Iago: Suffering Through Evil

- What is it that makes a person evil. Is it their actions, their words, or their thoughts. Is it more acceptable if “the end justifies the means”. Telling a lie that doesn’t have a negative effect on anyone, and that saves someone grief, is considered good. So why is killing someone to save others considered bad. The morality of an action is based solely on the outcome. Thus, doing anything whatsoever that is required to get the desired result, regardless of the methods used, would be considered “ok” if the result was of a good nature....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Iago and Honesty in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago and Honesty in Othello   Iago uses the word "honest" in act three of Othello in three primary ways.  The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio.  He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassio's honesty, and question his hounorablility.  The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio.  Iago uses it in the context that the two may be "truthful," again to make Othello doubt.  The third way is Iago's most effective use, which is to use honest in the context to mean truthful, as in, he has told Othello the truth.  However, Shakespeare has created tremendous dramatic irony, for we know that Iago is being anything except truthful. ...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]

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Dissecting Iago

- Iago, manipulative and complicated depicts the villain in the play Othello. He sucks the resources out of the characters in a non literal sense planting seeds in their mind allowing them grow by using lies and deceptions. Throughout the play he gradually gains more power through the cultivating of ideas in the characters minds within the play using what he has planted and going off that. Although, Iago didn’t plan his actions in a personal planner or a step by step table he did structure a strategic sketch that formulated into a brilliant scheme....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Iago's Influence

- Is it fate that we as a people will be brought to destruction by our own means. In the story of Othello, Iago seeks to prove this point to all those who surround him. Through manipulation and lies, the villainous Iago shows how people can come to quickly distrust others, and escalate situations until death. Iago’s hope is to not only cause destruction, but to watch other wreak it upon themselves. By playing the role of both trustworthy friend and sly controller, Iago illustrates how one man’s knowledge of human nature can direct the actions of those around him....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Motives of a Dishonest Man: Iago in Othello

- One of the most outrageous literary vilians of all time is William Shakespeare’s Iago. Iago has been described with many words; villian, antagonist, cruel, selfish, malignant, chaotic, etc. What motivation could one have that would posses them to act in ways to be labeled as such. Are there even any motives present, or is it just the nature of the character that gives Iago his naturaly naughty personality. Many people see the main motive of Iago’s chaotic nature as the simple fact that he can do it, so he does....   [tags: Othello, characters, shakespeare, ]

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The Villian Iago in Shakespeare´s Othello

- ... Iago's manipulation of Roderigo and Brabantio sets up the battle between Othello and Brabantio. Later on in the play Iago still seeks help from Roderigo by forcing him to kill Cassio whom is drunk with just a few words. Montano which is the governor of Cyprus stepped in to resolve the problem between Cassio and Roderigo. Unfortunately Cassio stabs Montano since he lost control of himself from Iago's poisoned words. This led to Cassio's loss of luitentancy which leads to Iago in this position....   [tags: contempt, revenge, manipulation, evil]

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Iago's Soliloquy Analysis

- Soliloquies play a vital role in William Shakespeare’s works. One of the most important examples of soliloquy use by a character was provided by Iago throughout the play, Othello. A soliloquy is side speech given by a character that is directed to the audience; it most often used to reveal emotions or thoughts of a character in a play. Iago’s use of soliloquies are very unique and stand out from any other character. They constantly change the audience's opinion of him. Each of Iago’s eleven soliloquies reveals his true evil or gains him pity from the audience....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Shakespeare's Othello - The Character of Iago

- 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....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago as a Character in Othello

- Iago as a Character in Othello Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play "Othello," by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end. Iago is not your ordinary villain. The role he plays is rather unique and complex, far from what one might expect....   [tags: essays papers]

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Exploring Iago's Possible Motives in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago is undoubtably the villian in William Shakespeare's 'Othello', however the reason behind his evil deeds are less clear. There are many possibilities as to why Iago betrayed his superior Othello. Was he simply envious of Othello's status or did Iago plot to destroy Othello for his own enjoyment. In act One, scene one we see Iago's conversation with Roderigo about Cassio being promoted ahead of him and how Iago believes that this is because of favourtism. This suggests one of many reasons why Iago plots against Othello....   [tags: literary analysis, english literature]

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Iago as the Hero of Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago as the Hero of Othello       A Shakespearean play always includes a typical villain character. He is boisterous, egotistical, sometimes witty, and all too eager to seek revenge. In William Shakespeare Othello, Iago is the well-liked, trusted, and brave ensign of the great Venetian general Othello, or so it appears. Iago actually possesses all of the typical villainous qualities, however Iago conducts himself with great composure, and by manipulating his counterparts, he makes people believe he is on their side....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Analysis of Jafar and Iago Characters with Evil Trials

- The word “evil” can be interpreted in many ways. However, most people use the term evil to describe deliberate wrong doing that causes harm to others. Within the foundation of any compelling story there is always the struggle of good vs evil. The person who possesses the evil characteristics in the story is often labeled the villain. In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, the character Iago possesses evil characteristics leading to destruction. In the Disney movie Aladdin, the villain Jafar possesses similar evil characteristics that lead to the same type of destruction....   [tags: evil characters, othello, aladdin]

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The Revenge of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- The Revenge of Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare's "Othello," Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello's head that lead him to his own demise. More importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago's immense appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago's devious plan is initially made clear in the first of three major soliloquies, in which he proclaims Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia: "And it is thought abroad that t'wi...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]

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Iago is Portrayed as the Greater Villain in Shakespeare's Othello

- “Othello” is a tragic play of jealousy, racism and struggle for power. Right from the beginning, Shakespeare has created vigorous dialogue and conflicting situations. There is a direct contrast between black and white in this play, with black meaning something negative and evil and white meaning pure and fairness. The clash between these two colours leads to severe hatred and enmity between a few people. Othello is a black army general in the service of the Venetian government. Iago is Othello’s standard bearer....   [tags: Literary Analysis, English Literature]

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A Character Analysis Of Iago

- Iago is one of the most interesting characters in the tragedy "Othello" by William Shakespeare. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and gets him closer to his goals. He is the driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards the tragic ending. Iago is not the typical villain in any story or play. The role he plays is unique and complex, far from what one might expect from a villain....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Iago's Motivation in Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago's Motivation in Othello      Iago is a "moral pyromaniac."  Harold C. Goddard writes that Iago consciously and unconsciously seeks to destroy the lives of others, especially others with high moral standards (Goddard 76).  However, Iago is more than just a "moral pyromaniac," he is a moral pyromaniac whose fire is fueled by pure hatred.  He is a hungry powermonger whose appetite for destruction can only be satisfied after he has chewed up and spat out the lives of others.  Iago lusts for power, but his sense of power is attained by manipulating and annihilating others in a cruel and unusual way.  Iago prepares and ignites his victims and then watches, with an e...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello

- Character of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare's "Othello", Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images in Othello's head that lead him to his demise. But what is more important is, he gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent Desdemona, satisfying Iago's immense appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago's devious plan is initially made clear in the first of Iago's three major soliloquies, in which he proclaims Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emila....   [tags: Papers]

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From a Villain to a Victim and Back: Othello and Iago

- From a Villain to a Victim and Back: Othello and Iago Of all the complex and thought-provoking plays of William Shakespeare, Othello must be the most complicated and enticing one. Offering a plethora of three-dimensional characters and developing an intriguing plot, the play conveys the author’s idea of the battle between good and evil and offers specific, unconventional characters. Following the development of the characters, good and evil intertwine in the lead characters, Othello and Iago, which makes the choice between an ultimately negative character and a one that comprises both virtuous and unethical features complicated....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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Honestly Hysterical Iago in Shakespeare´s Othello

- Appearances are often deceitful. In the play Othello, Iago seemed to be a rather moral person to the other characters in the play. He used his honest ways and twisted words. The tragic events that occurred in Othello could have been avoided if Iago did not spread his lies. In the play, everyone refers to Iago as “Honest Iago”, because he is seen as honest and gives good advice. The characters did not see his true colors until the end of the play when it is too late to save anyone. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and Iago used it to his advantage to do all his dirty work for him....   [tags: appearances, hone, words, lies, tragic]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Iago is a very complex villain in William Shakesphere’s ‘Othello’. During the book he uses carefully thought out words and actions which allows him to manipulate other characters and do things in a way which benefits himself and lets him do things as he wants them to be done. Iago has his reasons for the hatred he feels towards the other characters. Othello appointed Cassio as his lieutenant, a job that Iago desperately wanted and felt that he was much better qualified than Cassio for the job....   [tags: Papers]

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Iago: One of Shakespeare's Most Misunderstood Villains

- Iago is one of the most misunderstood villains in Shakespeare literature. We side with Othello from the start because his name is on the cover of our paperback, we read Othello when learning about heroes, so we expect Iago to be a villain, a ruthless manipulator. We don’t know why, he doesn’t state it plainly or in simple English, so we assume that he’s evil, that he’s just a disgruntled sociopath out to exact his exaggerated revenge on good and noble Othello. Iago’s misunderstood reputation is a result of not truly examining his character, and answering the “why” factor behind his actions....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello The most fascinating and curious character in the tragic play "Othello", by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. In the play his nature is conveyed to the audience in many ways. Iago's character is determined by his relationship with the other characters in the play. His betrayal of those who love him that occurs throughout the text is a prime example of this, and is emphasised further by dramatic irony. Iago, as the height of evil and villainy, has the typical immorality and cunning about him....   [tags: Papers]

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The Plotting Of Iago Is Both Incredible And Without Substance in Othello

- In William Shakespeare's tragic drama Othello we see a morally depraved character, named Iago. Throughout the play he has a plan to bring down a general named Othello, this plan goes from, what seems like, strength to strength. Yet does it. Is the plan Iago makes believable or even realistic. The plan Iago makes appears to be far too over convenient, the plan changes after certain factors are either added in or taken away from the plotting he is doing. For example when the fight happened between Roderigo and Cassio, Iago kills Roderigo and Cassio is wounded....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Works Cited Missing In Shakespeare's drama 'Othello', the reader is presented a tragedy of characters deeply affected by the clash of good and evil. The evil contained within Othello is by no means magical or mythical yet is represented by the character Iago. Iago has no conscience, no ability to perform good deeds. He is a psychopath, and is not capable of forming affectionate relationships or feeling guilt and concern over his behaviour....   [tags: Papers]

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The Real Monster, Othello or Iago

- The Real Monster, Othello or Iago In order to decipher who is the real monster, Othello or Iago, I must first gain a suitable knowledge of what a monster is. The Oxford Paperback Dictionary and Thesaurus defines a monster to be, ‘an inhumanely wicked person.’ The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary interprets a monster as, ‘one unnaturally wicked or mischievous.’ This shows that concept of what a monster is has remained fairly constant over time. This leads me to believe that when Shakespeare was creating Othello his ideas as to what a monster was were similar to that of those today....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Chiaroscuros Between Othello and Iago

- In a work of typical literature, the blackness of something represents its darkness and how evil it is, and the whiteness represents the purity and goodness of something. William Shakespeare plays with the status quo of literature in his play Othello by giving Iago, a white man who should represent purity, an evil, black heart and by giving Othello, a black man, a noble, white heart when he should represent evil. Shakespeare “founds his play on the rupture between outward signifiers and inward signifiers, between the Moor’s evil-seeming black face and his ‘perfect soul’, between his ancient’s honest-seeming white exterior and the ulcerous evil that breeds around his heart” (Calderwood 59)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Unscrupulous Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- In William Shakespeare's play, Othello, there is an example of evil personified. He is the character of Iago, and he wreaks havoc and destruction on all those under his influence. As the play develops, we see unfolded a plethora of lies, deceptions and clever schemes. Iago seizes every opportunity to advance his malicious plan to his advantage. Greed and jealousy play a major role as a motive for his various schemes. Iago first reveals his cunning and unscrupulous behavior in his encounter with Rodrigo.  Iago easily controls Rodrigo and he is very aware of his power over him.  He plans to use his influence over him for his own good.  He shows this by saying "Thus do I ever make my fool my p...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Unequivocally, Iago plays an important and major function in the tragedy of Othello. By the end of the play, Iago has been directly responsible for the deaths of Roderigo, Emilia and the protagonist and his love. Iago's importance to the play is revealed by his contribution to the plot and his significance relative to other characters. Iago's function, which invariably adds to the importance he has on the play, is to lead to the downfall of Othello therefore revealing the themes of hate, jealousy and revenge....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays]

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The Character of Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- Perhaps the most sinister of all characters ever created by the Bard of Avon is in his tragedy Othello. It is Iago – the cause of everyone’s problems in the play. Let us focus a strong light on his character in this essay. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us on the ancient: Iago’s machinations yield him both “sport” and “profit” (1.3.387); that is, he enjoys his evildoing, although he is also driven by a motive. This Vice-like behavior inhuman garb creates a restless sense of a dark metaphysical reality lying behind his visible exterior....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago and Othello

- Iago and Othello          In Shakespeare's Othello, the character Iago, Othello's lieutenant, is the cause of all the tragedy which comes to pass as the play progresses. Iago is the antagonist of the play, but rather than being the direct opponent to the tragic hero, Iago is a manipulator, opposing Othello not directly but through other characters whom he tricks into acting for him. In the first scene of the play, Iago gives the audience warning that he is not all that he seems when he says, "I am not what I am." (I,i,65) He is first seen in this scene appearing to help Roderigo, a suitor to Desdemona, who has run off with Othello, the Moorish general of the Venician army....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello Shakespeare's Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex Villains. At first glance Iago's character seems to be pure evil. Shakespeare to add depth to his villain makes him Amoral, as opposed to the typical immoral villain. Iago's entire Scheme begins when the "ignorant, ill-suited" Cassio is given the Position he desired. Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the Position he feels he most justly deserves. Throughout Othello Iago is seen to be scheming something....   [tags: Papers]

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The Evil Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

-     Can any other character of Shakespeare’s match the evil intent always present within the action of the Moor’s ancient, Iago. I seriously doubt it. Let us examine his sinister person in detail. First of all, Iago’s very words paint him for what he is. Robert Di Yanni in “Character Revealed Through Dialogue” states that the evil antagonist reveals his character quite plainly through his speech: Iago’s language reveals his coarseness; he crudely reduces sexual love to animal copulation. It also shows his ability to make things happen: he has infuriated Brabantio....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello In this essay I am going to look at the character of Iago in Shakespeare’s play famous play of “Othello”, I am going to look at the way he manipulates and controls the other characters. I will also look at the language and the way it changes throughout the play. Iago is hateful of others; his actions prove this he uses racism, jealousy, and Othello’s trusting nature against him. He has high hopes for himself and wants to be in a leading position but was promoted over....   [tags: Papers]

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The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago

- The Ironic Interdependence of Othello and Iago At the start of Othello, Iago makes very clear to Roderigo the apparent cause for his hatred of the general. His lack of promotion to lieutenant leads him to declare: …be judge yourself, Whether I in any just term am affin'd To love the Moor. (I, i, 38-40.) FN1 As Roger Moore has pointed out in an essay accompanying this one, such a motive is not a grand-scale one, nor one which might cast Iago as the Universal Villain....   [tags: Papers]

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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello Iago has a great understanding of people and how they will react to different situations and this skill allows him to control the action so neatly that it as if is he himself is the playwright. He has no regard for the thoughts of others and skilfully manipulates those around him to trick them to play a part in a strategy he has so meticulously planned, for example, the brawl scene. But by no means does he carry out his plans regardless of other events; if an opportunity to achieve any of his desires arises then he immediately takes hold of it and uses it to his advantage....   [tags: Papers]

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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello There are many examples of animal imagery throughout Shakespeare's Othello that are used by the characters in the play both innocently and with the intent to cause harm. Shakespeare uses imagery in Othello to emphasize several of the themes that are found in the play, including reality vs. appearance and good vs. evil. The imagery of people as beasts is strongly introduced in the first scene of Act I, and is thereafter found fairly evenly throughout the rest of the play, maintaining the mood that people are little more then animals, acting on their primal urges....   [tags: Papers]

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Iago

- Iago, More than Just a Villain Iago, the evil villain of Shakespeare's Othello, is more than just a villain. In many ways he is the most intelligent and appealing character in the play. Iago shows superiority over the rest of the characters in the play. He has the ability to manipulate the characters in the play, therefore controlling the play with every sequence of events. His intelligence shines through his ability to deceive, his ability to strategize, and his ability to twist the truth. Iago is appealing to the characters of the pay because he gives them what they want....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Iago of Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago of Othello Of all the characters presented in Shakespeare's literature the most sinister one is without a doubt Iago. He is a ruthless sociopath. No other character can even come close to his evil. Most of the antagonists present in Shakespeare's plays have valid reasons for the troubles the cause. Iago doesn't for the most part he just has a burning hatred for the world especially Othello. Iago is the whole reason there is any conflict in Othello . If he never had entered the play Othello would have married Desdimonia and they would have lived happily ever after....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Destruction by Manipulation in Shakespeare’s Othello

- ... / ‘Tis to his virtue a just equinox. / The one as long as the other. ‘Tis pity of him” (2.3.103-6). Iago portrays to be concerned about Michael Cassio’s “drinking problem” and Othello’s judgment of all the responsibility put on Cassio to Montano. Iago is trying to convince anyone who will listen that Michael Cassio is not suitable as Othello’s lieutenant. Now Iago is trying to become the trustworthy guy; which is going to make his masterpiece of destruction much easier. Iago sets his sights on Roderigo, his friend who is deceived into doing Iago’s bidding....   [tags: jealousy, honest, weakness, fears, secrets]

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