Iago had to manipulate many characters in his plan to finally get back at Othello. In this plan Brabantio, Cassio, Roderigo, Othello, and even Emilia, his wife, got manipulated. Iago lost rational because of jealously, and all the actions he did was considered to be evil. Iago would represent the devil
Iago, consumed by revenge and jealousy, inflicts evil upon his fellow neighbors. Iago’s revenge consumes him feeding off the source, his greed. Iago’s position within Othello’s army was a ancient. His revenge transpire from his knowledge of not being promoted to a higher position of lieutenant. When Iago discovers that Othello has passed him up for the lieutenant position giving it to Cassio a young soldier , their future turns out for the worst.
He got embarrassed and had to publicly defend himself in the Duke’s meeting room, something that an “honest” (as described many times by himself and others) character like Iago shouldn’t have done. He betrayed the privacy of Othello and Desdemona, and set the play up by showing that he didn’t care for what they wanted. Right off the bat, the reader saw that Iago was comfortable making others uncomfortable, a quality that many betrayers possess. Iago’s betrayal allowed Othello’s insecurities to be used against him by other characters throughout the play, which contributed heavily to his suspicions against Desdemona—and, eventually, their deaths. All in all, Iago’s betrayal of spreading Othello and Desdemona’s secret marriage led to prejudiced statements against Othello—like Desdemona’s father calling him a “black ram”—which eventually led to anguish heavy enough to betray his wife, killing Desdemona and then
Farewell!” For the valiant warrior, Othello, we must all learn that there is always more than one side of the story. Othello’s mind was so poisoned by Iago’s lies about Desdemona and Cassio that in his jealous rage, he forgot to find out the truth between Desdemona and Cassio from them and other witnesses. He loved Desdemona with all his heart and soul, but his pride and his gullibleness destroyed
Iago so desperately wants Othello to become jealous, and he to start his envy and rage by creating lies of Desdemona being unfaithful. The chance comes when Iago see Cassio and Desdemona together. He makes comments of the two’s intentions, which actually causes Othello to wonder about what Cassio and Desdemona’s intentions actually are. When further questioned by Othello, Iago does not elaborate, which causes Othello to become even more suspicious. “Ha, I like that not” mumbles Cassio.
After Othello heard the news about Casio speaking like a true man and acting all big and bad toward Lago, while Othello was in the corner talking. It made Othello mad and delusional, so the actions between the characters after this situation were traumatic and
When he does not get the position he wants and also heard that Othello has been sleeping with his wife Emilia, Iago’s manipulation increases. Iago plans his scheme based on, “[Othello] has done my office, I know not if’t be true/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind/ Will do as if for surety” (I. III. 431-433). This use of manipulation is all based on an assumption that Othello has slept with Iago’s wife, and this assumption leads to even more horrible events. Iago also manipulates Othello with jealousy.
Also, each relationship in Othello provokes jealousy in one partner. In a typical Venetian society, a woman was considered to be a man’s property, so if a woman was disobedient, it negatively impacted the man, while also questioning his masculinity. The hyperbolic soliloquy as Othello expressed he would “rather be a toad” than “keep a corner of the thing I love” is Othello’s justification of killing his wife, as her untrustworthiness challenged his masculinity and reputation. Referring to Desdemona as a “thing” emphasises the idea of women being property. Iago’s jealousy of Desdemona and Othello’s relationship is emphasised through the degrading comment of Othello, “an old black ram” “tupping” Brabantio’s “white ewe”.
Iago is able to manipulate the other characters of the play because he is a villain who doesn't understand the morals of society. Othello and all of the immoral acts that it contains are the direct result of Iago's hatred for Othello, Emilia and women yet alone the insecurities that Iago has about his own achievements.
However, when they see Othello’s rash reaction to the handkerchief in the ownership of Cassio, the audience begins to ridicule Othello and other characters who have also succumbed to Iago’s lies. The chicanery and elaborate scheme of IAGO enabled him to outsmart his