What drives a person to the urge of destruction? Not of physical property. No, of an individual's life. “Othello”, one of the greatest tragedies written by William Shakespeare to symbolize the tales of a black man surviving in a world meant for snakes and imbeciles. Keying in on figures displaying innocence and ignorance: Desdemona, Othello, Cassio, and Roderigo. Guided by the evils of one magnificent, deviant sinner: Iago. Though displays may differ to viewers, one’s undoing can be sought from the most subtle actions. What causes one to destroy another’s life? Iago’s true motivation in ruining othello’s life is gratuitous. In act one scene one, Iago convinces Roderigo to go to Desdemona’s father’s house with the news that desdemona has married …show more content…
Thus leading in him confronting Iago regarding his accusations and thoughts on confessing to Desdemona. Though he may not know the entire plan Roderigo’s partake in the ordeal is a big portion in it, but once again Iago is able to talk his way out. As stated “Every day thou daffest me with some device, Iago and rather as it seems to me now, keepest from me all conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. Iwill indeed no longer endure it;..” says Roderigo.“I grant indeed it hath not appeared, and your suspicion is not without wit and judgement...if thou the next night following in enjoy not desdemona, take me from this world with treachery and devise engines for my life.” says Iago. As the tragedy trickles to the end, Iago and Othello has arranged for Roderigo to kill Cassio and Othello kill Desdemona. Though Roderigo ends up dying, and Cassio is severely wounded. Othello smothers Desdemona as Emilia recite the news of Cassio and Roderigo. Leading to the questions of a dead mistress and a recitement of event from emilia regarding misleading information from Iago. Clearing up the misunderstanding of a husband and his wife when its all too late. For Emilia is stabbed by Iago when reciting the truth and othello kills himself from the guilt of his
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Thus, his romance and its telling are crucial elements without which the entire plot of the story may be altered. For, if Othello had been convicted of anything criminal right then, Iago’s aims would seem significantly less complex and hard to achieve, because Othello would already be in trouble. Othello’s story saves him in the moment, but ironically, is his eventual
Iago tells Roderigo to pack up all his things and go to Cyprus because Desdemona will son lose feelings for Othello and she will go to Roderigo, he says “i could never better stead thee than now. Put money in thy purse. Follow thou the wars, defeat thy favor with an usurped beard. I say, put money in thy purse.
Roderigo, is a young and rich man. He becomes furious when he finds out that Othello marries Desdemona. Once again we see how emotions take over the characters and commit foolish decisions. Roderigo is so in love with Desdemona that he gives all of his money to Iago because Iago promised him that he would help him win Desdemona’s love. Iago once again betrays another one of his victim.
In the first act of the play, after Roderigo finds out that Othello married Desdemona, he carries out a dialogue with Iago about Iago’s discontentment with Othello, Roderigo comments, “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe,/ If he can carry it thus!” With this, Roderigo shows his feelings of jealousy for Othello, basically stating that luck was on Othello’s side in getting Desdemona, but it will probably not last very long. In addition to this, Roderigo gives Brabantio large sums of money to Iago in order to try to get Desdemona from Othello. In addition to Roderigo’s jealousy, Iago’s jealousy of Cassio cascades to the point where he begins to manipulate Othello to want to kill Cassio, which ends up leading to the death of Desdemona. In the beginning, Iago details how he was passed up for a promotion by Othello.
In the beginning of the play, we learn that Roderigo has attempted multiple times to win over Desdemona and marry her, but has ultimately failed. When he learns from Iago that Desdemona has fallen in love with Othello, he attempts to stop their relationship by alerting Brabantio with Iago. This, however, only leads to Roderigo learning of the immense amount of love that Desdemona and Othello have for one another. He realizes that because of this, and because Brabantio now approves of Desdemona’s relationship with Othello, he will never be able to court Desdemona. This leads him to go into a suicidal rant, telling Iago that “I wil incontinently drown myself” (Act 1 Scene III, line 347).
Othello starts to believe Iago’s lies about his friends and wife, leading Othello to change his behavior towards his closest allies. Iago instigates a fight between Cassio and Montano, and Othello must take charge of his soldiers, he says: Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio. Cassio, I love thee But never more be officer of mine. (2.3.210-213) Othello makes the decision to fire Cassio, and things get worse when Iago makes his wife, Emilia, steal Desdemona 's handkerchief.
Using the character of Roderigo, Iago manipulates him into doing everything he wants. At the beginning of the tragedy, Iago and Roderigo are talking poorly about Othello. Roderigo, who is in love with Desdemona, is upset due to hearing that Othello and Desdemona have recently married. Iago, who just found out Othello did not give him
Iago uses very clever methods of persuasion and manipulation aimed to use Othello’s hamartia against him, pointing out that “ “She (Desdemona) did deceive her father, marrying you,” so much so that Brabantio “thought ’twas witchcraft”. Through this, Iago is subtly raising the issues of Othello’s cultural differences with Desdemona; a root cause behind Othello’s insecurities with his wife – along with inadequacy due to race, degree of sophistication and age. As Iago prompts Othello to think the worst, his utterances are short and uneasy, revealing the beginning to his downfall, whilst Iago’s dialogue is at length highlighting his growing power of
As a scheming villain, Iago begins to ensnare Othello into his trap of vengeance by echoing in Othello’s mind prospect of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona. Iago begins his insinuations by reminding Othello that Cassio served as their go-between during their courtship through a rhetorical
In many stories, there are villains who seem to control how the characters act by manipulation. These kinds of villains use multiple techniques to get what they want and to execute their plans. The techniques are used to affect the characters in a negative way in favor of the villain. In Othello, the antagonist Iago, plays that role. Iago affects the characters’ lives in a negative way by his honest reputation, his ability to “read” people, and how he “proves” to be Loyal.
In ‘Othello,’ Iago used many rhetorical strategies to persuade his “puppets” and gets them to do what he wants, so throughout the drama, scholars are intrigued by the “evil genius” behind the good creator of lies. Iago, is the villain of the play, and in the play he’s a twenty-eight-year-old military veteran from Venice, whose standards are lower than Cassio, the lieutenant for Othello. Although Iago’s obsessive, relentless, bold, and igenius in his efforts to manipulate and deceive the other characters-particularly Othello-Iago’s motivations are notoriously murky. At various points points in the play , he
The opening scene of Othello presents Iago’s character as duplicitous, manipulative and nature. With his shady nature he strategically uses people as pawns to plot evil plans against Othello. His scheme against “the Moor” is highlighted in “I follow him to serve my turn upon him/we cannot all be masters nor all masters/cannot be truly followed”. His analogy outlines his duplicitous nature as a mask for his evil plans. He foreshadows that his deception will be his main force for his plot of Othello’s downfall.
Iago is a unique and complicated character. He is intelligent in that he is able to manipulate people and events in his favour, which he thrives on throughout the play, classifying him as the antagonist of the play. Driven by jealousy and hatred, Iago plots against Othello to destroy his character and reputation. Knowing that if he foolishly attacked such a respected man directly, he would be sentenced to death. As a result, he devises to use other people to obtain what he desires by influencing the characters in the play to suit his plan.