Iago Character Analysis Essay

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In Shakespeare 's play Othello, the character Iago is a manipulative individual. Iago disguises as a trustworthy ensign and friend. He is deceptive and manipulative villain. He creates chaos and causing accidents to other characters for revenge. Iago uses his skillful and smart strategic acts of manipulation to undermine each characters weaknesses. He exploits Roderigo’s love for Desdemona, persuades Cassio under the appearance of friendship, and plays with Othello’s mind by playing on his self-doubt. Iago plays with Roderigo’s gullibility, Cassio’s trusting nature, and Othello’s insecurity, against them. Roderigo‟s obsession and lust for Desdemona concentrates him vulnerable to Iago’s manipulation. His love for Desdemona causes him to believe…show more content…
Lastly, Iago plays on Othello‟s personal insecurities to bring about his downfall. Othello is notably an outcast, being the black man in a white society. he is referred to as “The Moor”, with his skin colour resulting in unfavorable preset assumptions and prompting the association of savage animalistic characteristics. Even more so, his relationship with Desdemona is “in a period when such a marriage would be rare and controversial” As a result of society‟s prejudice, Othello‟s self-esteem diminishes, allowing Iago to capitalize on his insecurity to invoke the feeling of jealousy in Othello. To start off, Iago insinuates that Desdemona is unfaithful to Othello, as she prefers only people of her „type‟, a class Othello will never belong. Iago convincingly states: “As, to be bold with you,/Not to affect many proposed matches/Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,/Whereto we see in all things nature tends” saying that Desdemona would prefer Cassio, who is like her in age, race, and classIago states: “She did deceive her father, marrying you,/And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks,/She loved them

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