Iago’s jealously is what caused the whole tragedy in Othello. Iago suspected of Othello to have slept with his wife. Iago had sexual jealousy which cause him to suspect Othello to be one who had intercourse with Emilia. In “Jealousy” David Suchet, the actor who played Iago in Royal Shakespeare Company, suggest that “Iago’s hidden motivation to do evil originates from his envious reactions to other principal figures in the play.” As Othello promotes Cassio over him, Iago would become envious and jealous of Cassio. We also know Iago is jealous of Cassio because in Iago’s soliloquy he said “If Cassio do remain/ He hath a daily beauty in his life/ This makes me ugly.” (5.1.18-20) What Iago is saying is, if Cassio remains alive he would be jealous because Cassio is beautiful and he is not.
Despite this, Othello is convinced. “Why did I marry?” Othello asks himself (3.3.248). Manipulating through a false reluctance to speak, Iago causes Othello to think “[t]his honest creature doubtless / Sees and knows more, much more, than he unfolds” (3.3.248-9). This is a twist on a common lying technique. The “consequences can be great” of this “trickster’s lie,” and it is used to achieve “deliberate dissent” (Furnham).
Thesis: Iago, from Shakespeare's Othello, is one of the most memorable villains in all of literature. Iago deceives, steals, and kills to get everything that he wants. The play is centered on Iago's dislike for Othello, however, it is not that Iago pushes aside his conscience to commit these acts, but that he lacks a conscience to begin with. Iago's amorality can be seen throughout the play and is demonstrated by his actions against not only Othello, but Desmona and Emilia. Iago is able to manipulate the other characters of the play because he is a villain who doesn't understand the morals of society.
Roderigo is the first character Iago befriends. Roderigo’s place within Iago’s plan is just financial. Iago makes Roderigo believe that, he can help Roderigo in persuading Desdemona to leave Othello for Roderigo. Once Roderigo completes his purpose within Iago’s plan, Iago kills him. The next person Iago gets close to is Cassio, Othello, and then Desdemona, Iago basically works his way up the ladder in order to make it to his top priority which is Othello.
Throughout Act II of, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, Othello Iago displays his true intentions and feelings throughout a vast amount of soliloquies and asides. Iago has been plotting since the beginning of the play and his actions are the product of his hatred for Othello. Through this play, the audience learns that Iago sees himself as better than everyone else and he treats others as fools. In the first scene of Act ii, Iago offends Desdemona leading to Cassio excusing his impolite behaviour. “With a little web as this I will ensnare as / great a fly as Cassio” (II, i, 183-184).
Iago is going to lead Othello in a direction that will cost him his place in the hierarchy, and this will open up the position for Iago to take. Shakespeare uses this metaphor to create the image that Othello is only as smart as a donkey that will place its trust in someone who is only out to hurt him and use him. This is the base of Iago’s plan constructed by the corrupting power of jealousy, which Iago sees as a new beginning. This is ironic because a new beginning was seen as a positive, but in this play it is negative because it is foreshadowing a negative outcome. The irony is further developed by Iago’s thought that his plan “is engendered.
On top of all the evils he had done to othello iago also manipulated Roderigo from the beginning of the play to the end. Iago manipulates Roderigo many times but the biggest of them all was when he and roderigo planned on killing Cassio and right before the attack iago said to
Throughout the story Othello by Shakespeare, it is commonly believed that the moor’s jealousy leads to the tragic events in Othello, it is actually Iago’s jealousy that causes it. Iago plays a proficient role in the cataclysm of all the major characters within the play, definitely characterizing him as evil and cold hearted. Iago is a deceptive individual who lies and manipulates in the hopes of seeking revenge. He is portrayed as a villain and is known as a degenerate because of the naive chaos he creates between Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, and Emilia. Iago is suppose to be a loyal servant towards Othello, nonetheless Iago grew disdain and irrational towards Othello and used his alleged loyalty to carry out his plans towards his downfall.
This gets Brabantio’s attention and leds him to hating Othello. Iago manipulates Othello through the entire play by always putting on a fake face and acting as a loyal and honest friend to Othello. Throughout the whole play Iago refers to himself as “an honest man”(2.3.285.) Iago is so determined to ruin Othello that he deceives his own wife, Emilia. In order for Iago to have ‘proof’ of Desdemona cheating on Othello he needed Desdemona’s handkerchief that Othello gave to Desdemona as a symbol of their everlasting love for one another.
Iago convinces everybody to refer to him as “honest Iago” so that he can gain their trust while sneaking behind their backs. The love-struck Roderigo is one of the first people to get exploited. He is heartbroken by Desdemona's marriage to Othello, the Moor, to the point where he'd consider