Character Analysis Of Iago In Shakespeare's The Prince

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The most dangerous type of person can be the most charming and witty. People are often warned to be wary of abusers who initially seem trustworthy and friendly, but really are simply using the person for their own gain. Iago, from Othello, extensively follows Machiavelli’s advice as laid out in The Prince in manipulating and maintaining friendships for gain, but he does not understand Machiavelli’s reasons for this advice, as Iago’s motivations are fueled by irrational jealousy while Machiavelli 's goals are driven by unity. Iago closely adheres to Machiavelli’s advice on forming partnerships and allies. When Machiavelli explains the necessity of allying with someone, he writes: “if your ally loses . . . he will assist you; you become the companion of a fortune which may rise again” (Machiavelli 112). Iago utilizes this advise when allying himself with Roderigo. When Roderigo expresses despair over Desdemona’s love for Othello, Iago downplays it by saying, “It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the will. Come, be a man. Drown thyself? Drown cats and blind puppies! I have professed me thy friend” (Shakespeare 1.3.377-79). Currently, Roderigo feels like he has lost against Othello. Iago paints himself as a benevolent, helpful friend, thus making Roderigo feel grateful and loyal to Iago and making Roderigo more likely to follow his advice. Later, when discussing who to ally with, Machiavelli advises “A prince ought never to make common cause with one more

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