Jealousy And Manipulation In Othello

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“Othello” written by William Shakespeare revolves around this protagonist who is depicted as strong and powerful. To everyone he is known as Othello or the Moor. Throughout the play, Shakespeare portrays numerous counts of jealousy and manipulation around many of the characters. It is mainly illustrated through Iago, the antagonist of the play, who manipulates other to their downfall. Iago who is known for always being true and honest towards others has easily earned the trust of everyone around him, thus giving himself an advantage on his schemes. Among some of the crucial characters who were targeted by Iago’s manipulative plans are Othello, Cassio, and Rodrigo. Due to everyone trusting in him he is able to know their feebleness and specifically their personalities. Each of these male characters have different personalities and knowing them can be useful to Iago in his hope of completely fooling them in thus ruining their names and making everyone turn on each other. Othello who has always…show more content…
After finding out that his true love Desdemona is married to Othello he becomes very upset about this making him turn to Iago for help. Rodrigo’s personality strikes him as very persistent. He believed that if he were to send a lot of luxurious items to Desdemona she would turn to him. Iago uses his persistence by taking his money that was all supposed to go to Desdemona. He then manipulates him into killing Cassio which doesn’t favor him well. Instead he was led to downfall as stated in this quote,” O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!” (Shakespeare 229). This explains of Roderigo’s downfall to Iago using him the whole time as a personal bank. In conclusion, Iago has shown much of his greatest manipulative skills through these three male characters Othello, Cassio, and Roderigo. His plans have all lead them to downfall through either ruining their names or making them
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