Iago's Sins In Othello

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The Devil in the ‘Honest’ Man
Christianity and literature share many similarities, Othello being one of them. Iago discriminates The Ten Commandments more than any other character in this play, he shows manipulation and jealousy. Also one of the most absolute sins a Christian could make is murdering. Shakespeare wrote Othello as a play of sins being discriminated; a few of the Ten Commandments are deviated by Othello, Iago, and Roderigo in Othello.
Iago rebels against the ninth commandment by manipulation stealing the handkerchief and to deceive Othello and the others. In Othello Iago is a master of manipulation; he somehow manages to successfully manipulate almost all of the characters. The ninth commandment of the Holy Bible states, “Thou
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Iago then tells Roderigo to alert Brabantio and “Rouse him”(1.1.75.) Iago is wanting Brabantio to think negatively of Othello. Iago encourages Roderigo to drink excessively to arouse his anger towards Othello so he will tell Brabantio. Iago has Roderigo tell Brabantio that Othello is not good enough for Desdemona. 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 manipulated Emilia to have her take the handkerchief from Desdemona without her knowing. The handkerchief is then given to…show more content…
The sixth commandment states that “You shall not murder”(Exodus.) In act 5 scene 2 of Othello there are an abundance of murders. Iago assassinates Roderigo when his realizes that he fooled Roderigo into thinking that Desdemona might have a love for him. Othello murders his own wife, Desdemona, when he lets the jealousy of the thought of Cassio and Desdemona having an affair together get to him. Iago kills Emilia once she realized how Iago manipulated her. Othello then kills himself when he realized that Iago set this all up and that there was not actually an affair. Othello ended up killing Desdemona for no reason because he let jealousy get ahead of
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