Othello has no evidence for believing desdemona slept with cassio. Iago 's acts of lying and murder manutplated othello 's thoughts into thinking the love of his life turned into a monster. Becausiago had a clean reputation no one expected him to lie, making his word seem like the truth. Iago 's words tricked othello into his downfall which involved killing his love and then himself. This shows the theme that words can influence others
Therefore, without the increase in Iago’s reputation and the trust others have in him, Iago wouldn’t have been able to accomplish his plan of bringing Othello to believe Desdemona is sleeping with Cassio which would’ve changed how Othello reacts. This would’ve made Iago unsuccessful, making his opportunity to deceive others
This causes Othello to trust Iago and have suspicion towards his wife Desdemona. . Ironically Iago says “Men should be what they seem” (3.3.7) which ironies that he lied and is two faced. Desdemona later talks to Othello and says that he’s known cassio for a long time and doesn’t understand why he won’t give him a send chance “You do love my lord you have known him long” (3.3.128). This starts to make Othello truly believe what Iago said was true and that his wife is cheating on him.
When Iago is trying to get Cassio fired, he goes to Othello and tries to convince him that Cassio is notorious for drinking too much. He takes the approach that he is a good friend of Cassio’s but feels it his duty to inform Othello of this issue. Because of Iago’s outstanding reputation, Othello believes that this is simply a caring and considerate gesture on Iago’s part. Othello reassures to him, “I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio” (Shakespeare, II, iii, 225-226). Iago acts as though it is hard to hurt his friend Cassio like this when in reality, it is exactly what he intended to happen.
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
Iago then plants it into Cassio’s possession, which Iago then uses to further convince Othello of the affair. Furthermore, Othello’s gullibility facilitates Iago’s plan, and Othello makes his death and the death of Desdemona inevitable. He turns into a vindictive man, and strikes and calls Desdemona a “Devil” (Oth. 4.224). Othello willing allows
Through Iago’s manipulation and Othello’s inability to think critically, Othello becomes very suspicious of Desdemona and believes she is having an affair with Cassio. Although Iago has little evidence, he easily convinces Othello of Desdemona’s infidelity. Othello only mentions his beliefs about Desdemona a few times in front of her, which causes her to feel confused about why he is angry. With no debate, Othello decides to plan for his wife’s death. One night, Othello finds Desdemona asleep in bed.
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.
Iago’s manipulation of other characters leads to ultimately brings his downfall. In Act Two, scene three, Iago tells lieutenant Cassio that celebration is essential to toast Othello and his accomplishments. “Oh, they are our friends. But one cup…” (Shakespeare 1303) Iago declares as he successfully causes lieutenant,
In Act 1, Scene 1, Iago presents a couple of different reasons for hating Othello. First, he is upset because Othello overlooks him for lieutenant and instead designates Michael Cassio to the position. In addition, Iago speculates that his wife, Emilia, is cheating on him with “the Moor.”. In Act 1, Scene 3, Iago expresses his anger by saying, “I hate the Moor:/And it is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets /He has done my office: I know if’t be true;/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,/ Will do as if for surety” (1.3.389-393). By saying “he has done my office” Iago presumes that Othello has been sleeping in his bed and fulfilling his duties; he distrusts Othello, Emilia, and all