Iago also manipulates Othello with jealousy. When Othello is gone at war, Iago tells him that Cassio and Desdemona were getting too close. At first Othello does not believe him, but by Iago saying “nothing,my lord; or if- I know not what” Othello starts to question if it is true (III. III. 39).
In Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago deceives others, mainly Othello and Roderigo, due to his desire for revenge, an improved reputation, and power. Throughout the play, Iago uses his desire for revenge to deceive others, like Othello. Iago’s desire for revenge shows when he states, “For “Certes,” says he, / “I have already chose my officer.”/ And what was he?/ Forsooth, a great arithmetician, / One Michael Cassio, a Florentine” (1.1.17-21). Othello’s choice reveals Iago’s jealousy of Cassio earning the position which fuels Iago’s desire for revenge on not only Othello, but also on Cassio. Another time Iago deceives someone to build up his plan is when he tells Roderigo, “When she is sated with his/ body she will find the errors of
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
Because Cassio is distraught from the sequences that occurred earlier, he confides to Iago for advice. After recommending him to talk to Desdemona and Cassio leaving, he finally figures out his plan to destroy Othello. He first starts off with realizing his irony of helping Cassio while trying to be evil at the same time. It has been so easy for Iago to mold the other characters into his plan that it is hilarious to him. At this point, it is questioning to the audience of the continuation of his plot.
From violent duals to envious revenge Othello’s death embodies the many consequences of previous events in the play. At the beginning of the play, Othello becomes general and appoints Cassio as second in command, but Othello does not even mention Iago. Quickly, envy builds inside Iago causing him to despise Othello. Iago methodically plans his revenge for Othello and ultimately accomplishes overall destruction and vengeance. Eventually, Iago “thoroughly unsettles Othello by making him believe that Desdemona has betrayed” him (Keyishian 3).
“Othello: I believe you, and I ask you to forgive me. Will you please make this half-devil say why he tricked me and damned my soul?” “Iago: Don’t ask me anything. You know what you know. From this moment on, I’ll never say another word.” (Act 5, Scene 2, Page 16-17) Iago has been caught and everyone now knows that Othello was tricked into killing Desdemona. He just doesn’t want to tell the reason why he lied to Othello.
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.
Jesus describes the devil as a deceiver and a thief, likewise Iago deceives Roderigo and steals his money in Act 1 Scene 1. The devil is also depicted as a tempter and a distorter, in the same way that Iago distorts the truth, tempting Othello into believing that Cassio is having an affair with his wife. Furthermore, at the closing stages of the play when Emilia approaches Othello to expose her husband, Iago murders her in order to conceal the truth. It could also be interpreted that he caused the death of Desdemona and the Othello through his manipulations and deception; thus destroying the happiness of several characters. Consequently Iago is malicious and nefarious as he conducts his villainous actions throughout the play without a purpose.
Iago’s intentions unveil themselves not only through actions, but through his engagement with the audience. “Iago’s self-understanding is well-express when he explains to viewers his plan to put a plague in Othello’s ear that will cause him to misinterpret Desdemona’s advocacy to Cassio.” (The Art) In order to commence suspicion within Othello, Iago utilizes the elopement of Othello and Desdemona. “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father and may thee.” (1.3. 330-335) Moreover, Iago took initiative to set up Desdemona by removing the handkerchief of her possession.