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
In Shakespeare 's Othello, Iago’s sinister acts of lying and killing deceive the people around him. Iago motives are maintaining good reputation and ruining othello. How Iago deceives others shows the theme that people’s words have an effect on others thoughts and actions Iago will do anything in his power to keep a spotless reputation and to ruin Othello entirely. He wants to keep his good reputation so he can get money and power out of it. Iago thinks to himself, “Now whether he kills cassio or cassio him or each do kill the other / every way makes me gain” ( Shakespeare 5.1.12-15).
The next person Iago gets close to is Cassio, Othello, and then Desdemona, Iago basically works his way up the ladder in order to make it to his top priority which is Othello. Throughout the whole play Iago uses everyone for his personal gain and once he sees that his cruel plan has been set in motion he ties to kill off everyone he has befriend. Iago picks certain important characters to be the puppets to his plan. He befriends them into thinking that he is nothing but an, “Honest Iago,” then slowly poisons them with lies. But why would any ever need to question the, “Honest
Iago is able to manipulate the other characters of the play because he is a villain who doesn't understand the morals of society. Othello and all of the immoral acts that it contains are the direct result of Iago's hatred for Othello, Emilia and women yet alone the insecurities that Iago has about his own achievements.
Iago Iago, the triumphant villain within Othello is a perplexing character, his true intentions are buried deep in deception and deviance that help create who he is. The heinous goals he sets out to achieve are unfathomable, yet without his presence Othello would be nothing more than a romantic drama. Iago is the villain we love to hate; he is the sole instigator of the tragic events that take place within Othello. And yet still Iago is one of the most complex characters within Shakespearean tragedy. In order for Othello to be as effective as it is, the depiction of Iago as the perfect example of evil itself was essential, and is accomplished with his particular characteristic traits.
This gets Brabantio’s attention and leds him to hating Othello. Iago manipulates Othello through the entire play by always putting on a fake face and acting as a loyal and honest friend to Othello. Throughout the whole play Iago refers to himself as “an honest man”(2.3.285.) Iago is so determined to ruin Othello that he deceives his own wife, Emilia. In order for Iago to have ‘proof’ of Desdemona cheating on Othello he needed Desdemona’s handkerchief that Othello gave to Desdemona as a symbol of their everlasting love for one another.
Iago gives a sheer numbers of excuses to try and prove his ulterior motives, conveniently adding new reasons for his hate every time he needs to encourage Roderigo to do something for him. Iago first announces that he wants to get revenge on Othello and Cassio due to professional jealousy, as he was passed up for the promotion of lieutenant in the place of “Florentine” Michael Cassio. Having fought alongside Othello in three previous battles and expressed his loyalty, Iago
In the play Othello, we meet many characters that range in personalities. In this play, a character by the name of Iago is the villain. He is a 28 year old man who, in my opinion, needs psychiatric help. His role in this play is totally based on manipulation and destruction of Othello and basically all of the other characters in the play. He talks to himself about things he could, should, and does to people, as well as his vigilant hate for Othello.
When considering the ego of a human being, the influence of jealousy is very strong. For instance, in the beginning of the story, Iago finds out that Cassio has been granted the lieutenancy by Othello instead of him. Iago is infuriated by what he considers to be a poor decision on Othello’s part, and he claims to have deserved the position more than Cassio. Therefore, Iago plots to ruin Othello’s life whom he blames for this struggle by destroying his relationship with Desdemona. For example, he alerts Desdemona 's unapproving father of the eloped couple.