In the end, Iago’s deception of Othello and Roderigo help Iago try to achieve revenge, an improved reputation, and power. By manipulating, both Othello and Roderigo, and being fueled by jealousy, Iago’s plan changed the behavior of those around him without any questioning on whether Iago
Iago’s jealousy caused him to unquestionably ruin the relationship between Desdemona and Othello without the slightest sense of any shame or regret. Iago’s plan of revenge worked out perfectly, “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee” (1.3.333-334). Iago’s manipulation led Othello into believing that Desdemona was truly unfaithful towards him. He manipulated him with his words and used his insecurities to create doubt within his mind.
Othello is beginning to believe the lies Iago is feeding him. When with Desdemona, Othello begins to act differently, and Desdemona talks to Emilia who informs her that Othello is being jealous. As Othello believes the lies he eventually killed his wife and nearly Cassio. He then found the truth of Iago’s plans and prosecuted him. The tragic downfall of Othello was brought upon himself, because he should have ignored Iago and trusted that his wife was faithful.
For example, he alerts Desdemona 's unapproving father of the eloped couple. Also he forms a scheme to convince Othello, Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio whom he sets up to look suspicious. Regarding Othello’s decision, the jealousy Iago felt went completely overboard when examining the situation. He allowed his emotions to overcome rational thinking, leading him to extreme ideas. Especially because the failure to receive a military rank does not justify the torment of another human being.
He also uses Roderigo’s wealth to his advantage by telling him to use his own money. Iago manipulates Roderigo when he is about to quit into staying by telling him “If thou the next night following enjoy not Desdemona, take me from this world with treachery and devise engines for my life.” (IV, ii, 221-223). Iago tells Roderigo what he wants to hear in order to prevent him from leaving. Just as Roderigo is leaving Iago’s grasp, he is pulled back in. Iago convinces Roderigo that they need to kill Casio.
While Shakespeare's Othello is full of deceitful acts of immorality, Iago is behind each one of them. Iago’s, deceptions make Othello believe that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio. Through many remarks Iago is able to force images of sexual relations in Othello's mind. These images and the rage that the images bring soon lead to the hatred of both Othello and Iago. Iago is motivated by his need for revenge and his hatred that he has for Othello.
One of the primary reasons Iago is jealous is due to his insecurity and needs to be superior to others. When Cassio is promoted, Iago’s insecurities fuel his jealous rage, which led him to being referred to as a “damned… demi-devil” (V.ii.353). In “Jealousy: Loves Destroyer”, Marano also observes that “a person who is very insecure is not just sexually jealous but jealous of… anything that takes attention of them”. Iago feels like the attention is constantly on Othello and Cassio. Iago plans to destroy them by any means because he did not attain the promotion, and the attention is not on
Together, Iago and Roderigo plotted to destroy Cassio’s image and reputation as well as Desdemona’s marriage. As Iago began setting Cassio up, he began to develop feelings of his own for Desdemona. Iago and Roderigo’s actions resulted in numerous deaths throughout the play. First Iago stabs and kills Roderigo. Then, Othello’s jealousy leads him to smother Desdemona because she was “false with Cassio” (Shakespeare 767).
In Othello, Iago has the trust of other characters, those of whom he does not care for at all. He knows of Roderigo’s desperate love for Desdemona and how “[Roderigo] pays Iago to woo her away from Othello.” (Putnam 43) Iago only “helps” Roderigo in separating the Othello and Desdemona “because it will cause him, Othello, distress.” (Putnam 43) Letting Roderigo believe that Iago is helping him is Iago’s first use of manipulation. The utilization of his relationship to Roderigo allows Iago to have an ally to aid him in his goal of bringing Othello to his end. Whereas Roderigo believes that Iago is a good man to trust in and is willing to give Iago money in hopes that he, Roderigo, will get Desdemona. Iago and Roderigo, in the beginning, wake up Brabantio and tell him of Desdemona’s marriage to Othello, who is then angered by Roderigo’s presence due to the continuous past attempts of asking Brabantio for Desdemona’s hand in marriage.
Iago then tells Roderigo to alert Brabantio and “Rouse him”(1.1.75.) Iago is wanting Brabantio to think negatively of Othello. Iago encourages Roderigo to drink excessively to arouse his anger towards Othello so he will tell Brabantio. Iago has Roderigo tell Brabantio that Othello is not good enough for Desdemona. This gets Brabantio’s attention and leds him to hating Othello.