Throughout the play it is obvious that Iago is deceiving Othello into thinking that his wife is unfaithful. Through Iago’s soliloquy, it brilliantly demonstrates how Othello was tricked into believing a tale that was not true, while using Cassio and Roderigo his personal puppets to carry out his vendetta. Through lies, deception, intrigue, hate and envy, we see the demise of Othello and
First, he uses derogatory terms to describe Othello such as a moor. Because of these, the audience may suspect that his motive is due to him being black and in a high position. In addition, he suspected his wife Emilia to be having an affair with Othello which, to the audience, may be another reason why revenge is desired. Thirdly, Iago mentions his motive to try to get Cassio out of the lieutenant position. As the audience receives more information about his hatred for Othello, it is still vague on how and why exactly Iago wants to destroy him.
Iago is first shown to be a manipulative villain and stays the same throughout the entire play. However, the extent to which he deceives other characters increases as the play progresses. Iago has been evil all along, although it surfaces gradually. In Act 1 Scene 1 of Othello his trickery only causes Roderigo to be cheated out of his money, while in Act 2 Scene 3, Iago 's deception causes Roderigo to pick a fight with drunken Cassio, hence causing Cassio to lose his position as lieutenant. Moreover in Act 5 Scene 2, after he poisons Othello 's mind with his carefully crafted words, Othello murders Desdemona as a result of Iago 's manipulation.
In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the play is a tragedy constructed by the antagonist Iago; also known as a two-sided character. Throughout Act I, Iago is more of a complex character, who is racist, manipulative, jealous and two-faced. He continuously complains he hates Othello, all because Othello didn’t appoint him as an officer. Iago plans to take Roderigo’s money, and convince Othello that Desdemona had an affair with Cassio. Iago’s two-sided character served the purpose of strengthening the plot and character development throughout the play.
In Shakespeare’s classical play, Othello, Iago manipulates the characters of power to obtain what he wants which is revenge. Iago uses several different methods to trick these characters to fall into his trap, these methods include using the characters weakness against them, and making himself appear different to gain the trust of the other characters. With these different methods he can exploit these characters and their flaws so the fall easily into his plan to obtain Cassio’s position as second in command, and ruin Othello for not giving him the position. Iago is a jealous man, and with this flaw he used his motivation to take down Othello and those who stand with him. To skillfully manipulate someone is to use their weaknesses and to use their emotions against them.
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.
In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago is the main cause of every downfall throughout the play. Not only did Iago tell fallacious statements, but also structured a reputation based on “honesty” and plain speaking. However, How can one be consistently honest over long periods of time? Moreover, Iago had risen through the army ranks by his achievements, which Othello has accepted him due to his great qualities. On the contrary, Iago has qualities of the devil, which can be connected to the Medieval and Renaissance age.
Like a puppet master, Iago uses deception in the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, as a duplicitous being with perfidious views on the demise of others for personal revenge against Othello. Consequently, he is able to manipulate the characters in an adroit manner with ease as if fraudulency becomes second nature. Yet, Iago has not become this iconic villain without just (used loosely) cause. Before Iago’s notorious connotation, this dauntless soldier-people considering the precedent for just acts, and pious intentions- is discounted for a promotion by word of Othello, leading the inexorable “green-eyed monster” to peek its grotesque head out from underneath its lair. Agitated and undoubtedly cunning, Iago seeks his revenge against Othello with a ferocity unmatched, using every arsenal disposable to him; deception being his greatest.
When something goes to far normally we would end it however, that 's not what happened in the shakespeare play Othello. In the source “Destructive revenge in Othello” by Harry Keyishian it talks about the revenge that fueled the play as well as Iago’s true ambitions. Keyishian also talks about how Iago tricks almost everyone in order to get his sweet revenge. Once Iago Stabs his assumed friend Roderigo it’s clear revenge had been taken too far. Iago is by far the sneakiest character in Othello.