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
Eventually, Iago “thoroughly unsettles Othello by making him believe that Desdemona has betrayed” him (Keyishian 3). The affect of Iago’s plot is so extreme that the consequences of it eventually cause Othello to take his own life. Surprisingly, Othello quickly submits “himself to Iago’s tutelage, turns his love into hate, and destroys Desdemona, then himself” (Eastman 1). All of this tragedy stems from Iago’s need for vengeance. The author uses Othello’s death to show all of the events that have led to this dramatic disaster.
To plot his revenge, Iago spins his own web of lies from planting the idea in Othello’s head that his wife is sleeping with his lieutenant, Cassio. To Iago’s realization that another one of Othello’s men, Roderigo the Venetian, is in love with Othello’s new wife, Desdemona.
For instance, Roderigo could not distinguish that Iago was using him for his own gain. Roderigo is so jealous of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage that he would do anything to destroy their marriage and win Desdemona for himself. Iago sees an open window and convinces Roderigo to accompany him so that they could both take revenge on Othello and Iago would help Roderigo win Desdemona. In reality, Iago is only with Roderigo for financial stability and does not care to help Roderigo. Roderigo cannot see through Iago’s lies because he is too busy being jealous of Othello and Desdemona’s love.
Character can be broken despite how strongly it is shaped. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, Othello was a brave Moor who was quick to marry his lover Desdemona. His sinister ensign Iago deceived him into believing his loyal wife had committed adultery. Although Othello believed the alleged accusations, he also gave up his moral character to Iago. Regardless of the lack of trust from Othello, Desdemona did deceive her father prior to the situation.
In the end, Iago’s deception of Othello and Roderigo help Iago try to achieve revenge, an improved reputation, and power. By manipulating, both Othello and Roderigo, and being fueled by jealousy, Iago’s plan changed the behavior of those around him without any questioning on whether Iago
Iago is first shown to be a manipulative villain and stays the same throughout the entire play. However, the extent to which he deceives other characters increases as the play progresses. Iago has been evil all along, although it surfaces gradually. In Act 1 Scene 1 of Othello his trickery only causes Roderigo to be cheated out of his money, while in Act 2 Scene 3, Iago 's deception causes Roderigo to pick a fight with drunken Cassio, hence causing Cassio to lose his position as lieutenant. Moreover in Act 5 Scene 2, after he poisons Othello 's mind with his carefully crafted words, Othello murders Desdemona as a result of Iago 's manipulation.
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.
Iago and Desdemona are stark contrasts to one another, acting as opposing forces in Emilia’s life. Iago consistently lies in order to further his own agenda and manipulates many of the characters in the play. Iago’s hatred for Othello motivates him and Othello compares him to the “devil” (5.2.337). On the other hand, Desdemona’s love for Othello motivates her to leave her father, Brabantio, and marry Othello. Desdemona remains honest and faithful to Othello throughout the play and Emilia calls her an “angel” (5.2.161).
Which lead Iago asking his wife Emilia to steal Desdemona’s handkerchief so he can place it in Cassio’s bedroom. As a result, Iago motivated Othello’s jealous and to kill Desdemona in bed by smothering her. Then, Iago killed Emilia for speaking out the truth. This plan of manipulating Othello worked in Iago’s favor because of the gender inequality that occurs