If you are using a persuasion technique, and something bad happens as a result of your persuasion technique, you are primarily responsible for what happened. Iago suggested to Othello that Desdemona was cheating on him which made him paranoid which caused his downfall, he convinced Cassio to get drunk which made him lose his position of lieutenant, he convinced Roderigo to kill Cassio by using Roderigo’s love of Desdemona against him, and Iago riles up Brabantio by using his prejudice to his advantage by telling him that Desdemona married Othello which leaves him with a broken heart which eventually kills him. This is why the events of the play can be attributed to Iago. One reason why the tragedy can be blamed on Iago is due to the fact …show more content…
Iago takes advantage of Roderigo’s wealth, gullibility, and love for Desdemona. When Roderigo is feeling depressed about not being with Desdemona, Iago tells him “thou shalt enjoy her. Therefore make money” (I, ii, 354-355). Iago promises Roderigo that he will help him be with Desdemona. He also uses Roderigo’s wealth to his advantage by telling him to use his own money. Iago manipulates Roderigo when he is about to quit into staying by telling him “If thou the next night following enjoy not Desdemona, take me from this world with treachery and devise engines for my life.” (IV, ii, 221-223). Iago tells Roderigo what he wants to hear in order to prevent him from leaving. Just as Roderigo is leaving Iago’s grasp, he is pulled back in. Iago convinces Roderigo that they need to kill Casio. He tells him “wherein none can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio” (IV, ii, 231-232). Roderigo and Iago tried to kill Cassio but Cassio killed Roderigo. Roderigo yelled “Oh, I am slain” (V, I, 27). Iago abandons Roderigo and later come back and he pretends he never met Roderigo before. He stabbed Roderigo and yelled “O Murd’rous slave! O villain” (V. i. 63). Iago literally stabbed Roderigo to death. If Iago didn’t come up with the plan to kill Cassio or if he let Roderigo leave, Roderigo would have
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Iago uses deceit to protect himself and make himself feel better, due to this Roderigo is the first of Iago’s targets as he is known to be quite gullible as he believes everything that is said to him without second-guessing. Iago drags along Roderigo and convinces him to take a small bit of the fortune from selling his property, however, Iago then says “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse, For I mine own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snipe But for my sport and profit.” (Act 1 Scene 3) implying his only reason to keep Roderigo close to him is to use him as a personal bank as he was rich. Iago deceives Roderigo making him feel like he is doing something good however it only benefits Iago. Another instance where Iago deceives Roderigo is when he uses his love for Desdemona against him, Iago explains If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport.”
Secondly, Iago manipulates Cassio the most throughout the book. He uses Cassio’s social status and his trust with Othello to ruin his reputation. Iago is jealous of Cassio because he is higher status and has a strong relationship with Othello. For Iago’s plan to work he needs to get closer to Othello, but first he needs to break Othello and Cassio’s trust first. So one night Cassio is supposed to be keeping a party under control Othello tells him “good Michael, look you to the guard tonight.
He is jealous of Othello, show in, “I confess it is my shame to be so fond/but it is not in my virtue to amend it” (1.3:316-317). Roderigo is desperate for Desdemona and Iago takes advantage of this and makes him do thing such as kill Cassio. Roderigo does all of Iago’s dirty work and makes his plan successful. Also, Roderigo is unintelligent and realizes too late that his “money is almost spent” (2.3:364-368). Iago makes several false promises to Roderigo and he does not expose Iago because he is desperate for love.
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
Scene Ⅰ : The scene starts with Roderigo and Iago are arguing in the streets of Venice. Roderigo is paying Iago to help him win Desdemona over. There has not been any progress and he finds out the Desdemona married Othello. Iago makes known that he does not like Othello because he promoted Cassio to the position of lieutenant, which Iago has been trying to get. Iago “faithfully serves” Othello until he can get his revenge.
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.
He manipulates and constantly lies to everybody. It is suggested that Iago is a compulsive liar, who likes to be in control of the situation and keep secrets, as this increases his feeling of self-importance. His hidden personality prevents people from getting to know him, keeping himself alienated while feeling powerful over others. Iago only stays friends with Roderigo because he is taking money from him. Iago used manipulation to make Othello believe that his wife, Desdemona, was cheating on him with his Lieutenant, Cassio, who had been promoted over Iago.
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.
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.
Iago saw himself as the best for the position just as a person would who wanted control. He never sees Cassio as the superior Lieutenant, but as a man who was no better than him. Iago wanted for himself what he couldn’t have, so he did what he knew best, took
Kolin observes that Iago stands out among Shakespearean villains since he is the only one to survive his own monstrous acts (25). Unlike Richard III, apart from telling stories, Iago carries out a downright fraud through other means of manipulation, which makes him the most evil and intelligent character. To be exact, Iago is a puppeteer who sets up scenes to deceive the “credulous fools”—Othello, Cassio and Desdemona (4.1.45). Iago talks to Cassio about Bianca while telling Othello that the subject of their conversation is the Moor’s wife. He is so smart and careful that he even gestures Othello to come closer when Cassio is about to illustrate how Bianca entangles him.
He compares the body to a garden and willpower to the gardener. In this speech, after Roderigo says he wants to kill himself, Iago tries to convince Roderigo not to end his life for a woman (Shakespeare). By doing this, he manages to give the impression that he is advising Roderigo, while at the same time insulting him and making him and others part of his plan. Iago only wants Roderigo alive to help him with his plan, but after he has served his purpose he could care less whether he lives or dies,
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.
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.