His method of manipulation is comfort and reassurance which makes Iago an even more dangerous character. Iago uses his tone to manipulate and calm Desdemona of her worries. Iago looks at her and tells her to be happy and that Othello is not serious about what he is saying and that he is just being funny (IIII.ii.194). Desdemona then relaxes and is content for sometime. Iago’s success in manipulating Desdemona creates tension and further problems.
Iago’s plagued yearning for lieutenancy has vesseled him in envy. In this scene, Iago indirectly expresses his jealousy over the decision conducted by Othello. While criticizing Cassio’s merit, Iago compares himself to him in calm, but abhorrent atmosphere. This analytically symbolizes the measure of jealousy catalyzed upon what others have. Relative depictions persistently appearing on Iago’s jealousy against others are derived throughout the rising action of the play.
This illustrates Othello’s marginalization by Iago, as a result of Othello’s lack of understanding of the women in Cyprus. Throughout the conversation, Othello becomes increasingly worried about Desdemona’s infidelity and this also accelerates his downfall. Lastly, marginalization makes Othello the dominated individual, which contributes to his demise. Othello says to Iago that: Ay, let her rot and perish …
Othello is presented as a respectful and honorable prince loved by all, but unexpectedly he grows an enemy, Iago. Iago vows to get vengeance on Othello because Othello made Cassio his lieutenant instead of Iago. Iago then takes control of fate in the play as he diabolically invents a plan to manipulate Othello into believing that Desdeomona was having an affair with Cassio. Furthermore, Othello’s tragic flaw was that he was gullible, therefore eventhough Othello was infatuated with Desdemona he chose to believe in Iago’s lies about Desdemona’s “affair”. For example, throughout the entire play, Othello committed irrational actions voluntarily because he was overtaken by jealousy that Iago developed with lies.
This statement is directed towards Othello, and is significant for many reasons. This statement directly relates to how Iago is targeting Othello’s major weakness, which is jealousy. However, this quote also adds dramatic irony to the play because Iago’s major motive throughout the tragedy is his own jealousy of Cassio. This statement also foreshadows how jealousy will ultimately be the cause of the demise of many characters throughout the
Othello: A Close Reading This is an analysis of the lines 260-279 of the third scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s Othello. In an attempt to fulfill the incessant need for comfortable dichotomies, societies tend to be divided into two groups: the ‘in-crowd’ and the ‘others’. These strict dualities, constructed upon the inherent need for adversaries, are often as arbitrary as they are false and based on nothing but fear.
The use of sexual jealousy has been substantially represented by Othello, as one of the most unscrupulous and destructive emotions. Iago has insinuated many lies about sexual relations between the fair Desdemona, Othello’s wife, and Cassio. The use of jealousy throughout the play proceeds to the tragic death of Othello. Othello is so driven with the idea of being subject to cuckoldry, that he ignores all plausible signs that Iago has been spreading pernicious lies. “I will chop her into messes!
William Shakespeare wrote “Othello the Moor of Venice” in 1604. Jealousy is fundamentally how the characters’ lives in Othello from the commencement, when Roderigo is envious of Othello because he longs to be with Desdemona, and to the finale of the play, when Othello is filled with envy because he believes Cassio and Desdemona have been engaging in an affair. For the most part the characters’ jealousy is engendered by other characters. Iago is involved in much of this, telling prevarications and engendering alluding situations. He is directly consumed with jealousy of that of Cassio and filled with detestation of Othello because he was not culled as lieutenant, in which Cassio was.
Similar to using Othello’s fear of Desdemona cheating, Iago uses Brabantio’s fear of his daughter marrying a black man to encourage conflict between him and Othello. Even Though Othello kept his composure throughout his entire encounter with Brabantio, he was later affected by the words uttered by Brabantio: “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see/She has deceived her father, and may thee”(1.3.333-334). Although, at the time Othello thought little of what Brabantio said, it may have had some effect on his actions throughout the latter half of the play such as, killing Desdemona. Through, Iago’s cunning intelligence he was able to manipulate people to stir up conflict and further his
This paper highlights the justification as to why this play qualifies to be a tragedy. To begin with Othello, the key character is held in high esteem by the society as a leader after showing his prowess in war as a soldier. His downfall thus brings about a lot of pity and fear, more so because it was the making of another character, Iago,
The Jacobean play Othello, written by William Shakespeare effectively explores the power of manipulation. The audience is exposed to Iago’s revenge-fuelled tactics when encouraged to look beyond superficial appearance to underlying reality. Iago, Othello’s “ancient” manipulates him due to his outsider insecurities in the Venetian society. Iago’s dissembling and resulting jealousy ultimately leads Othello, to “farewell the tranquil mind.” Othello’s outsider status and ethnic difference is an important factor in Iago’s manipulation as it encourages Othello’s insecurities and is thus a flaw which Iago uses in his manipulation.
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.
It is a play that feels very close to the audiences, it also focuses on feelings and addresses the theme of Love, death as well as jealousy, hate and finally treachery... The title of the play suggests that the tragedy belongs primarily to Othello; however, Iago plays an important role in the plot. For this reason, we have different opinions and critics concerning Iago’s role in this tragedy. For one thing, Bradley (1904) believes that