As pop sensation Tina Turner says, “what’s love got do, got to do with it,” Professor Carol Neely responds that love has everything to do with it. Neely believes that the theme of Othello, by William Shakespeare, is marital love and the hardships of man and woman. However, Neely must have forgotten to consider the character of Iago. While the marriage of Desdemona and Othello sparks the wildfire that leads to their deaths, Iago is fanning the flames. To truly understand why Iago is the cause of conflict, we first must evaluate Iago’s motives. In the first scene of the play, Iago reveals his true feelings towards Othello, “I do hate him, I swear” (1.1 8-10). During this scene, Iago reveals his motive for destroying Othello, because he was …show more content…
In attempt to fill Othello with a jealous rage, Iago sculpts an affair between Desdemona and Cassio. Iago leads Othello to believing there is an affair by planting Othello’s precious handkerchief in Cassio’s bedroom. He also informs Othello about rumors of Cassio and Desdemona sleeping together. Iago completes his plan by using an oblivious Cassio to deceive Othello. “Now I’ll ask Cassio about Bianca / […] Whenever he talks about her he can’t stop laughing. / And when he laughs, Othello will go crazy. / In his ignorant jealousy, he’ll totally misunderstand / Cassio’s smiles, gestures, and jokes” (4.1 83-93). Iago successfully turns Othello into a man incapable of thinking straight, due to the jealous rage he is filled with. Now that Iago has ruined Othello, he uses Roderigo to get rid of Cassio. “Whether he kills Cassio, / or Cassio kills him, or they kill each other, / it all works in my favor” (5.1 13-15). With Othello’s reputation ruined, and Desdemona and Cassio dead, there is no one left to ruin Iago’s …show more content…
Without Iago, Desdemona and Othello would have had very minimal problems with their marriage. The beginning of Desdemona and Othello’s marriage was rocky, since they got married in secret. However, instead of being able to calmly explain to Brabantio what happened, Iago took it to the extremes and told him himself. Iago is the director of the Desdemona and Othello show, costarring Roderigo, Emilia and Cassio. A better theme would be, jealousy can destroy even the most sacred of relationships. Iago ruins more than just the relationship between Othello and Desdemona, he also ruins the relationship between Othello and Cassio, and Emilia and himself. The relationship between Othello and Cassio is destroyed when Iago uses Cassio as bait. “Oh, I’d kill that bastard Cassio forty thousand times if I could!” (3.3 -452). Despite the close friendship the two shared at the beginning of the play, Iago manages to destroy it. Although the relationship between Iago and Emilia was unstable from the very beginning, by the final scene it had diminished. “If he [Iago] said that, then I hope his malicious soul / rots in hell forever. He’s lying through his teeth!” (5.2 167-168). Emilia had remained loyal to Iago, even if he mistreated her, but when the play ends, she sees his true colors, and would rather die than be married to
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Secondly, Iago manipulates Cassio the most throughout the book. He uses Cassio’s social status and his trust with Othello to ruin his reputation. Iago is jealous of Cassio because he is higher status and has a strong relationship with Othello. For Iago’s plan to work he needs to get closer to Othello, but first he needs to break Othello and Cassio’s trust first. So one night Cassio is supposed to be keeping a party under control Othello tells him “good Michael, look you to the guard tonight.
Iago puts doubt into Cassio about his own worth, causing him to feel he has failed. The article quotes “Iago puts it differently when he asks, "Have you forgot all sense of place and duty?” (Woods pg.5). Iago himself has lost sight of who he is. Iago harbors a hate towards Othello because he believes Othello has slept with his own wife, and so he manipulates those closest to Othello.
In the first act of the play, after Roderigo finds out that Othello married Desdemona, he carries out a dialogue with Iago about Iago’s discontentment with Othello, Roderigo comments, “What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe,/ If he can carry it thus!” With this, Roderigo shows his feelings of jealousy for Othello, basically stating that luck was on Othello’s side in getting Desdemona, but it will probably not last very long. In addition to this, Roderigo gives Brabantio large sums of money to Iago in order to try to get Desdemona from Othello. In addition to Roderigo’s jealousy, Iago’s jealousy of Cassio cascades to the point where he begins to manipulate Othello to want to kill Cassio, which ends up leading to the death of Desdemona. In the beginning, Iago details how he was passed up for a promotion by Othello.
Throughout the whole play he is willing to revenge on anyone in anyway but mainly Othello. Iago hates Othello and devises a plan to destroy him by making him believe that his wife is having an affair with his lieutenant, Cassio. Also Iago has a fixed mindset on trying to break up Othello and Desdemona’s relationship. Iago told roderigo all the tactics he has on Othello.
Othello starts to believe Iago’s lies about his friends and wife, leading Othello to change his behavior towards his closest allies. Iago instigates a fight between Cassio and Montano, and Othello must take charge of his soldiers, he says: Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio. Cassio, I love thee But never more be officer of mine. (2.3.210-213) Othello makes the decision to fire Cassio, and things get worse when Iago makes his wife, Emilia, steal Desdemona 's handkerchief.
Brabantio think Othello must have used magic to win her daughters heart, but Othello told him that his war stories are good enough to impress Desdemona. Act 3 When Othello is falling deeper in the trap and ask Iago to “give me ocular proof” Iago then uses his wife Emilia. Emilia
Iago also manipulates Othello with jealousy. When Othello is gone at war, Iago tells him that Cassio and Desdemona were getting too close. At first Othello does not believe him, but by Iago saying “nothing,my lord; or if- I know not what” Othello starts to question if it is true (III. III. 39). Iago constantly uses his “innocence” to make Othello jealous and start to assume that it is true. These actions eventually lead to a tragic event.
Iago knew that Roderigo would be distraught and willing to do anything possible to get Desdemona. Iago then persuades Roderigo to go to Desdemona’s father saying she is under a spell so he will go after Othello. Iago does not want to be seen being a part of this but wants to cause Othello distress. Iago’s jealousy comes from a place of angry and of feeling
But, Othello did not seem to think so. This caused Iago to feel like he wasn 't appreciated and he vowed to get revenge on Othello. He got his revenge by working Othello 's mind to believe that Desdemona was cheating on him with Cassio. After Iago got Cassio drunk one night, Cassio lost his place as lieutenant. Iago suggested that he go plead to Desdemona to show her he is a good man, and then she would convince Othello.
And helps Iago with the downfall of her husband without her knowledge. Iago convinces Cassio to have a couple drinks with him, despite much protest from the lieutenant, and Rodrigo and Cassio get into a fight in which Rodrigo is wounded and Othello demotes Cassio. Iago tells Cassio that he should ask for Desdemona’s help to convince her husband to reinstate Cassio as lieutenant, thus beginning his plan of vengeance on Othello and Cassio. “ I think it freely; and betimes in the morning I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake for me. I am desperate of my fortunes if they check me.”(pg.
Iago uses very clever methods of persuasion and manipulation aimed to use Othello’s hamartia against him, pointing out that “ “She (Desdemona) did deceive her father, marrying you,” so much so that Brabantio “thought ’twas witchcraft”. Through this, Iago is subtly raising the issues of Othello’s cultural differences with Desdemona; a root cause behind Othello’s insecurities with his wife – along with inadequacy due to race, degree of sophistication and age. As Iago prompts Othello to think the worst, his utterances are short and uneasy, revealing the beginning to his downfall, whilst Iago’s dialogue is at length highlighting his growing power of
In William Shakespeare’s Othello the two main characters are Iago and Othello. The entire story centers around Iago 's plan to achieve revenge on Othello for not promoting him to lieutenant. Throughout the story Iago tries to convince Othello that his wife Desdemona has cheated on him with his lieutenant Cassio. Iago’s plan is successfully and easily executed. Othello is tricked into believing that desdemona has been unfaithful and in the end he kills her.
As a scheming villain, Iago begins to ensnare Othello into his trap of vengeance by echoing in Othello’s mind prospect of an affair between Cassio and Desdemona. Iago begins his insinuations by reminding Othello that Cassio served as their go-between during their courtship through a rhetorical
Othello is obviously mad with love for Desdemona, so when Iago tells him all these lies about her and Cassio being secretly together, it makes him go crazy. He acts coy about it, making it seem like it’s really not that bad, though he knows that that will make it look even worse to Othello. IAGO Will you think so? OTHELLO Think so, Iago? IAGO
In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is a spurious, manipulative character that fabricates a scheming plan to use Michael Cassio as a scapegoat in ruining Othello’s life. Once again, Iago addresses the crowd with a soliloquy to formulate his plan. Iago seemingly takes on the role of a ringleader, pawning the rest of the characters throughout his act. Earlier in the play, Cassio and Desdemona share a friendly gesture of holding hands, after Desdemona’s debate with Iago.