The Evil Within Iago Ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles expresses, “The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.” The term “evil” is interpreted in various aspects however; Iago clearly allows malice to take full control and eliminates any possibility of integrity. The concept of immoral conduct is explained by Steve Taylor, a PhD and author of Psychology Today, as, “‘Evil’ people are those who are unable to empathize with others.” Therefore, Iago embodies the attributes of evil through the desire to cause damage to others.
Iago Iago, the triumphant villain within Othello is a perplexing character, his true intentions are buried deep in deception and deviance that help create who he is. The heinous goals he sets out to achieve are unfathomable, yet without his presence Othello would be nothing more than a romantic drama. Iago is the villain we love to hate; he is the sole instigator of the tragic events that take place within Othello. And yet still Iago is one of the most complex characters within Shakespearean tragedy. In order for Othello to be as effective as it is, the depiction of Iago as the perfect example of evil itself was essential, and is accomplished with his particular characteristic traits.
In Shakespeare 's Othello, Iago’s sinister acts of lying and killing deceive the people around him. Iago motives are maintaining good reputation and ruining othello. How Iago deceives others shows the theme that people’s words have an effect on others thoughts and actions Iago will do anything in his power to keep a spotless reputation and to ruin Othello entirely. He wants to keep his good reputation so he can get money and power out of it. Iago thinks to himself, “Now whether he kills cassio or cassio him or each do kill the other / every way makes me gain” ( Shakespeare 5.1.12-15).
In Shakespeare’s Othello, the audience can only sit back and helplessly watch as Othello falls victim to not only Iago, but to Venetian society itself. Throughout the tragedy, many readers are left scratching their heads in confusion as they wonder how Iago can practically trick a whole city into believing his ruse. From one blunder to the next, our titular protagonist Othello finds himself trapped in Iago’s web of lies which ultimately leads to his greatest crime, the killing of his very own wife. Consequently, Iago’s masterful use of deceit and manipulation is made apparent during the work, which begs the question, how exactly was Iago able to dupe a whole society with such baseless lies?
Dealing with Deceit ¨You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.¨ - Phineas T. Barnum. While the characters in Othello and Macbeth both dealt with rhetoric in divergent means they were also confronted by rhetoric in different approaches. In Othello the characters naively credited everything Iago said as true without question. While in Macbeth the main characters strived to alter the witches’ prophecy for their own dominance. This will inevitably be the characters’ from both stories own demise.
Iago is just a man who is affected by his environment. Iago gave the impression that he was used to always getting what he wanted in life, never working hard but lying his way to the top. In the book there are many passages where he expresses his lying tactics along with his hatred for Othello. Many sources point out the reasoning for Iago behavior. Iago displays racist behavior and shows symptoms of being a pathological liar.
The antigenic is the other half of the protagonist. Sometimes as the reverse of everything the protagonist stand for and believe in, or planning and scheming to ruin the life or end the main character. Frequently, it shows the background of the antigenic either justifying his motives and actions or a scene with showing his inner self to understand his personality. The way that the villains displayed could explain an issue in life that the audience relates to and the hero must face. Even though, sporadically the antigenic give a speech or take a decision that outshines and obtain attention than the protagonist from readers and critics.
Iago’s behaviour and how that makes him a psychopath. Hans Jürgen Eysenck mentioned in his book Crime and Personality the following definition of a psychopath: Individuals who have considerable difficulty in social adjustment, without the traditional lack of intelligence or structural brain disease. Among the symptoms are lack of emotional control, unsatisfactory adjustment to social standards, irresponsibility of characters and impulsiveness. “The psychopath can usually verbalize all the social and moral rules but he does not seem to be able to understand them and to obey them in the way others do.” (Eysenck 54)
The Honest Traitor The play Othello by William Shakespeare narrates the tragedy of Othello and his wife, Desdemona’s relationship as well as the story of a jealous man who revenges on his commander. Iago, this envious man, creates a well-crafted plot to destroy his commander, Othello, and his wife’s marriage. With both the help of his clever manipulation as he uses people’s character traits against them and many coincidental events that contribute to the completion of his plan, Iago is able to deceive Othello into believing Desdemona’s adultery but stay true to himself as he often speaks freely of his views. As he carries out his scheme, Iago demonstrates a paradox as an honest traitor as he betrays his commander but speaks truthfully to himself and others at most times.
Art of Master Villains: Duel between Iago and Richard III Dr. Lecter, The Joker, Norman Bates—these are some of the greatest villains on the movie screen. Nonetheless, few of them can compare to the top villains created by Shakespeare. Among them, Iago in the tragedy Othello and Richard III in Richard III are the finest and most polished. Although Othello is named after the “Moor of Venice”, Bloom comments that “it is Iago’s play” because he predominates the stage and remains in one’s mind long after one has finished reading or watching the play (433). His ascendance prompts thoughts of Richard III who is definitely the captivating protagonist in the history play.