Greedy Iago Friends come in various ways,some are meant to teach lessons, others are there for life, and the rest want to see your downfall. Iago from the play, “Othello,” by William Shakespeare, betrays the bond of Othello’s friendship, poisoning Othello’s life and everyone else they encounter. And all for what? Status, Job Position, Pleasure? Iago, consumed by revenge and jealousy, inflicts evil upon his fellow neighbors.
“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. Because of the pure jealousy that fuels his revenge, the genius complexity in his destructive plans, and all the while manipulating everyone around him without their knowledge, Shakespeare presents Iago as one of the most compelling villains in all of literature.
In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the author claims that revenge and madness are related because the need for revenge can cause one to go insane trying to get their revenge. This comparison comes up when Hamlet kills Polonius, Ophelia goes insane, and when Laertes attempts to do anything to avenge his father and Ophelia. Shakespeare’s claims that madness and revenge are related are not true today because people generally get revenge through the legal system, and rarely have issues as large as those in Hamlet where they would feel such a strong need for revenge. These modern comparisons show up in workplace revenge, the people who generally seek revenge, and the effect revenge has on people. The first way Shakespeare expresses the
Iago’s jealousy of Desdemona and Othello’s relationship is emphasised through the degrading comment of Othello, “an old black ram” “tupping” Brabantio’s “white ewe”. Comparing Othello to an “old black ram” introduces animalistic imagery, and puts him at a level below humans on the Great Chain of Being. The coming together of an animal and a human would disrupt the chain, and was thought to also disrupt the laws of nature and cause bizarre events to occur. The descriptive word, “black” highlighted that in the Renaissance times, black stood for sin and evilness. Emilia’s views on men are discovered through the metaphor comparing men to “stomachs” and women to “food”.
It is a dark green, a color that sickens the mind with doubt and infects the soul with rage and hatred. Its claws breed anger and deceit in its victims, and its snarls destroy relationships, tearing them piece by piece until nothing remains. It is a monster once revealed by Terri Guillemets as jealousy, when she wrote, “Jealousy injures us with the dagger of self-doubt”. Guillemets’ statement reveals that jealousy sprouts from an individual’s own doubt and can only be prevented by that person, and is further confirmed through Othello and Desdemona’s relationship in William Shakespeare’s Othello. Guillemets’ statement reveals its significance to human nature by signifying that jealousy is a monster created not by others, but by each individual,
The play consists of jealousy, heartbreak, tortued feelings, and death. Othello thought he deserved the promotion that Othello gave to Cassio. He felt like he had to get Othello back he said things like “ My career is cut short by some bookkeeper, even though the general saw my fighting skills first hand. He’s so upset that he schemes a plan that will tear Desdemona and Othello’s marriage apart and Cassio will lose his position as lieutenant. Iago’s plan starts off when he and Roderigo go to Desdemona’s father Brabantio house and tell him that she had been kidnapped by the moor and that they are now married.
Hamlet is galvanized by the words it has to say. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.” (1.5.31-37). These words are what suddenly unveil the enigma that is the death of King Hamlet, as well as being the catalyst for Hamlet’s plot to usurp the throne from Claudius. As the throne was rightfully his by blood, and clearly stolen by Claudius’ own selfish motives.
They are never happy about what they have. Greed is wanting what others have and the book hamlet is centered around just that, murder, sacrifice, and mischief. Claudius is a perfect example of greed. He killed the king in order to obtain the throne. As it said in the book ¨murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.¨ Claudius was greedy and wanted what his brother had.
This was the beginning of Iago's anger and frustration and begins to plot against Othello. Iago was able to convince Roderigo how much he hated Othello by calling him names like "Moor", Iago also say's " I follow him to serve my turn upon him./ We cannot all be masters/ nor all masters cannot be truly followed (1. 2. 45. 9), these simple words indicate how Iago truly feels about Othello.