How Is Manipulation Used In Othello

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“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words”. Philip K. Dick describes the art of manipulation perfectly, as manipulation is an art form as much as it is a weapon. If used correctly, it can be a very dangerous weapon as you can convince anyone of anything. However, mastering this can be extremely difficult. If you were to learn from anyone about the art of manipulation, look no further than Iago from the story of Othello. Othello, the popular tragedy written by William Shakespeare, is about a man named Iago who devotes all his time and energy to plotting a revenge against Othello, along with hurting many others along the way. Iago’s motives behind his actions were formed due to Othello giving Cassio the lieutenant position, although Iago believed he was best fit for the job. Iago uses his “friendliness” and confidence as weapons to sabotage the lives of those around him. Iago does a phenomenal job of building trust and establishing his…show more content…
To manipulate Othello and Cassio, Iago uses the ethos and pathos tactics, which are both derived from his kindness and warmth. To manipulate Roderigo, he uses the logos tactic, which is derived from his confidence. A wise man named T.F. Hodge once said, “Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity”. I believe this was one of the great tragedies of Othello. Iago’s manipulative skills were incredible and could have been used for good, yet he decided to use his talents to torment others. The destruction and sorrow caused by Iago should serve as a lesson to never take advantage of others through manipulation. Instead, use manipulation in a positive way to help, encourage, and bring joy to

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