Deception always has many perspectives; the truth, the fabrication, and how it is interpreted. An individual’s ability to deceive defines their effectiveness as a perpetrator. Within Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and William Shakespeare’s Othello, the antagonists of each convey themselves as divine, therefore attempting to distract from their misconduct and represent themselves sincerely. What differentiates the two is whether or not others associate them alike to as they portray themselves. Throughout Othello and In the Time of the Butterflies, Iago and Trujillo have similar behaviors and methods of malice, though Iago’s villainy is more compelling for he entices each audience in which he misleads. Both miscreants have advantages which …show more content…
Othello’s confidence for a loyal man to maintain honesty and morals are contradicted through Iago’s actions: “in a man that’s just / They are close dilations, working from the heart, / That passion cannot rule” (3.3.123). Iago, due to the understatement to his name, is not perceivable as hateful. Othello’s willingness to sense Iago’s distress, and to believe his accusations, is because of the lack of awareness Othello has for his vengeance. Iago is of such little power and relevance within societal ranking that if he were to have intentions to sabotage anyone, which he does, are not considered, thus making him easily trustworthy to those of greater dominance. Society’s view of an individual determines how others consider and surmise their persona, though these conclusions may be false. True villainy relates to the broad spectrum in which victims are truly deluded; Iago appeals to all perspectives, whereas Trujillo only sustains to his own. For instance, Iago validates many reasonings supporting the prospects of differing characters regarding the universal storyline of his intrigue, therefore providing those he deceives with greater
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“Iago is an extreme instance of diseased intellectual activity, with the most perfect indifference to moral good or evil, or rather with a decided preference of the latter” -William Hazlitt. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is the main antagonist who drives most of the plot and creates great conflict for Othello and other characters. Iago hates Othello because Cassio was promoted to Lieutenant over Iago, causing Iago to craft a destructive revenge plan to convince Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio and actually trying to sleep with her himself. This plan will ruin the lives of Othello, Cassio, and anyone else in Iago’s path.
A Cruel Game Unknown to Othello, Iago was motivated by a cruelty that demanded the utter destruction of Othello’s public and private life. In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago is the main antagonist to the protagonist of the story. Iago is motivated by cruelty; his final goal is see all of his adversaries suffer. Cruelty is an especially crucial theme to any story, for it reveals the ugly truth about a character who is primarily motivated by cruelty. The social and political gains of Iago’s cruelty display how the theme functions in a work of literature and what it reveals about both the perpetrator and victim.
The above passage from Shakespeare’s “Othello the Moor of Venice” encapsulates the irony of Iago’s character; but, also foreshadows the deceptions and betrayals that he will orchestrate on each person that is involved in his life. Othello at its core deals with appearances versus reality: shown through racism parallels and paradoxes. Honest and just are not qualities Iago possesses, but this is his appearance to his social circle; when in reality he is a manipulative, deceitful, double crossing, backstabbing man. He cares for no one but himself; and will destroy and pervert innocence to serve his own ambition and darkness.
For example, he claims that Othello made him a cuckold. The rumor about Othello making him a cuckold is false and Iago knows this but he decides to use it anyway. He uses a number of other non-specific motives to explain his action but in the end he chooses to remain silent because he has no true motive at all. 8. I agree with this statement, Iago is what many people believed was a trustworthy person.
Iago is a villain's villain. He uses people but in a way that makes them feel he cares. He is almost as cunning as the Joker in Batman. Being the ensign of Othello, Iago displays several different types of jealousy towards Othello. There are ten soliloquies that Iago does throughout the play, this is to show how arrogant and driven he is to destroy Othello all because of his jealousy.
Throughout the play, Iago portrays himself as malicious, while Othello portrays himself as affectionate through his own use of diction, but everything changes as Othello is baited by Iago’s lies and begins to mirror, in his actions and words, the evil Iago embodies. Toward the beginning of the play, Iago and Othello appear to be complete opposites. In terms of good and evil, Iago depicted himself as evil through his harsh word choices, while with sentimental word choices Othello conveyed the good. Immediately, Iago reveals his monstrous character, full of hatred, without a drop of shame as he declares, “I hate the Moor” (1.3.386). This specific diction,“hate” informs the audience of his pessimistic feelings and unwillingness
He is manipulative and tells Othello to “observe her [Desdemona] well with Cassio” (Shakespeare, 3.3:197). Iago feeds Othello with countless lies and makes him miserable with something that is not factual. He is determined to get revenge and he does not realize Iago stands insincere. Furthermore, Iago is selfish when he tells Othello, “I am yours for ever” (3.3:479). He betrays Othello yet still let’s him depend on him for his own
As Hoover Jordan comments in his article “Dramatic Illusion in Othello,” Othello “is simply amiable in thinking the best of his fellow men” (Jordan, 1950). Consistent with his position as a man of justice, Othello maintains the attitude fundamental to the legal system: people are innocent until proven guilty. With his astute understanding of human nature, Iago understands Othello’s trusting personality and how he can take advantage of it. In the last scene of the first act, where he first envisions how to cause Othello’s demise, Iago recognizes that Othello “thinks men honest that but seem to be so, and will as tenderly be led by the nose as asses are” (Shakespeare, I. iii.429-431). Thus Othello’s strong disposition to trust people poses a vulnerability to his judgment, since he readily follows those in whom he trusts.
Throughout Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the audience is aware of Iago’s questionable character. The Moor’s ancient deceives the other characters by spreading rumors and appearing to be trustworthy. Discuss the false reputation and honor that Iago uses to further himself. In Act II Scene III, Othello listens as Iago is beginning to explain who started the fight.
While he knows that his actions are immoral, he embraces it fully by calling for evil forces to help in his plans to destroy Othello’s life. This imagery shows Iago’s true nature to the audience, one that wishes for the corruption of people’s lives and actively acting it out. Moreover, Iago refers to himself as a devil in a soliloquy after Cassio drunkenly --------, saying "When devils will the blackest sins put on, / They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, / As I do now" (2.3.351-353). He reveals his intentions to harm Othello to the audience, showing that he does not have empathy for Othello or those his actions would affect, showing his ------------------------------------------------------------------------.
Iago studies Othello’s behavior and starts to recognize his weaknesses and use them to drive Othello to his downfall, making Iago the culprit and Othello the victim. Because of the fact that Othello is an outsider and his self-consciousness and his defense about his differences from the other Venetians,
In the play Othello, written by William Shakespeare, Iago appears to be a clever and manipulative character from the beginning. He attempts, and succeeds, to sabotage the Othello’s, relationship with his wife Desdemona. Throughout the play, he conceals his true character and as a result, other characters see him as honest, reliable, and trustworthy. He gains Othello’s lieutenant Cassio’s trust, then backstabs him. He also uses Roderigo, a Venetian, as a piece in his puzzle to ultimately take down Othello.
In the play Othello we explore a variety of themes and emotions in different characters and I will compare and contrast between myself and Iago as we are different but we also have some similarities. Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello, is mysterious character and deceiving he manipulates people in order to get what he wants.it seems like the only time he talks to people is when he wants to manipulate them, but he also makes his actions clear.it is very hard to to understand Iago because he says something then he quickly contradicts himself. He is playing with people because he might be jealousy or just the fact that he finds it fun to see others suffer. in this play Iago is jealous of Casio and Othello because he suspects that both of them slept
When Iago try’s to tell Othello that he is a good and honest man and that he should believe every word that he says and shouldn’t take it for granted. In the play and book Iago really walks the line with the acting rules, because actors can’t go from a very mean and nasty and shady to this very nice warm happy person. They just can’t do that and Iago walks the line with that because he shows that he cares for and even might have a little feelings for Desdemona and he shows that in a lot of ways in the play and the
1. Introduction Shakespeare reached the peak of his dramatic art with his tragedies, especially with “Othello”. But “Othello” more than for anything else, became famous for his antagonist, Iago. Othello as the protagonist of the play is the embodiment of what we know as “the good” in people, whereas Iago is all the contrary. Iago therefore, is not only a character who tries to and destroys others because of his jealousy, but he represents the villainy, envy, and malice that exist in this world.