Shakespeare has created some marvelous villains in his plays. From the greedy and cold hearted jew, Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice to the Charismatic and backstabbing king, Claudius, in Hamlet. Out of all the antagonist that Shakespeare has written into the pages of his plays my personal favorite is Iago the intelligent and manipulative soldier from Othello. The way Shakespeare illustrates the character of Iago and his motives for ruining the lives of the other characters such as Othello and Cassio raises the question. Do Iago’s motives justify the course of actions he takes?
“Iago belongs to a select group of villains in Shakespeare who, while plausibly motivated in human terms, also take delight in evil for its own sake” (Bevington, 2014, p 607). Understanding his sense of self might reveal another tragedy regarding how egos across the human condition demonstrate unique frailness. “Critics often debate Iago's motives. What drives him to act as he does? Some people believe Iago is simply, but purely, evil, doing immoral things merely to be bad” (Hacht, 2007, p, 657).
Manipulation is the act of manipulating someone in a clever or unscrupulous way. Mia, Iago and Amy are three individuals who manipulate many people in their lives and will do anything they can in order to reach their end goal. Throughout all three works, each character individually has reasons for manipulating which are are very clearly and straight forward. Each character shows a great amount of evidence of manipulation, they show their true colours and what they want to be portrayed as. Despite the reason and evidence, everything has an outcome and so does each character’s manipulation.
The tragedy of “Othello” is the destruction of one’s integrity. The play is one of the great Shakespearean tragedies, which are all “a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character,” (Oxford Dictionary) who in this case is Othello. He was a Venetian general living in Cyprus with his lovely wife Desdemona. The play begins with one of his most trusting friends, Iago, who is furious about Cassio being appointed as Othello’s lieutenant rather than him. Given this, Iago forms the web that he would use to ensnare the characters that he would use to bring Othello down for him.
Othello falls for Iago’s lies because he sees Othello as a trustworthy man. The reason Othello’s trust in Iago is high, it is because of his honesty, giving him the name “Honest Iago,” and Othello has also known him for years. Throughout the whole story, Othello is lead to believe Iago’s lies and would trust him more than anyone else even his wife Desdemona. With Iago trying manipulate Othello, it works well causing him to do things leading to disbelieve the close people around him.
Chanely Castillo Prof. Bender ENGL 120 Themes in Othello by William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare 's famous play Othello, jealousy is a major theme which takes over the entire play and leads to its tragic ending. In the beginning of the story Othello shows no signs of jealousy. He is very much in love with his new wife Desdemona and is satisfied with those who surround him. Until Iago begins his manipulative scheming.
The Root of All Evil People have a tendency to act crazy when power and love do not go their way. Shakespeare’s Othello is a classic tale of jealousy that negatively influences all actions of each character. However, unlike a dramatic chick-flick watched on Friday nights, jealousy acts as an animal that creates racism, distrust, eats away at the identity of characters, and leads to death within the play. Steve Criniti references Caroline Spurgeon in a book written saying, “the animal images found in Othello are of ‘low status’: ‘insects and reptiles, swarming and preying on each other, not out of special ferocity, but just in accordance with their natural instincts’”
As Macbeth desperately tries to hold on to his power, Macduff and Malcolm plan to fight. In preparation for battle Macbeth says in battle “I have almost forgot the taste of fears” and illuminates his flaw (Mac. 5.5.9). Previously, Macbeth relies on his wife to calm his fears and to devise his plans to move forward. In contrast, Macbeth, now in a position of power, makes decisions without his wife, never discusses with her, and no longer relies on her influence to resolve his thoughts. Macbeth’s tragic flaw of ambition and lust for power transforms his character.
Many have credited William Shakespeare 's plays as being the greatest of all time, and The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is no exception. Each reading of Othello yields new revelations and demonstrates the intricacies of Shakespeare‘s work. The play’s protagonist, Othello, can be seen as being overly trusting of Iago, however, this is not the case. Iago deceives many characters, not just Othello. Moreover, Othello’s actions are based on seemingly physical evidence, giving him good reason to act as he does.
Poisonous Ideas Often people underestimate the power of words. People use words every day, commonly throwing them around without intentions. However, when attempting to change someone's opinion or insult them, words convey meaning. Words can not physically hurt anyone, but they ingrain themselves in thoughts and emotions. In Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago uses his words to manipulate people based on their vulnerabilities.