Due to Lodovico questioning Othello’s behavior, Shakespeare shows how Iago has gotten Othello stuck with only one side of the story changed Othello’s behavior that some are questioning whether Othello should rule or not. This is important since it shows how much Iago’s plan has accomplished in the right direction for Iago to achieve Othello’s position and gain power. If the other citizens got word that Othello was acting strange, then there would be more questioning if he is the right choice for the job Othello has at the moment. This would give Iago the opportunity he needs to step in and get more power because his reputation as “Honest Iago” would convince those in Venice to elect him for Othello’s job. In the end, Iago’s deception of Othello and Roderigo help Iago try to achieve revenge, an improved reputation, and power.
196-197). He speaks of it in a way that captures how it affects man because that is what he was going through after Cassio got the lieutenancy. Knowing how jealousy eats someone up, Iago uses that upon Othello by introducing doubt in one of the greatest things he had, his love in Desdemona. The way Iago worked into Othello’s head is that he made it seem like he was helping him by thinking of different possibilties, which only fed the green-eyed monster in Othello. “Their best conscience is not to leave ‘t undone, but keep ‘t unknown,” (III,iii.
Iago’s constant animalistic language shows that he views others as animals rather than people, thus, Iago dehumanizing the other characters. In Act One, scene one, Iago describes Othello as an “old black ram” (Shakespeare 1276). This description of Othello is comparing him to a ram, and such animalistic references show that Iago does not view Othello an equal. In his view of Othello as unhumanistic, Iago is most likely willing to treat him as an animal. The audience sees this treatment through his constant manipulations of Othello’s mind, planting seeds of jealousy.
In order for Othello to be as effective as it is, the depiction of Iago as the perfect example of evil itself was essential, and is accomplished with his particular characteristic traits. His extreme deceitful nature is made known within his many soliloquies; Shakespeare used these to evoke frustration within the reader; during these dramatic and extended asides, the true dramatic irony is revealed. Iago’s lies and underhanded nature however is never uncovered by the people he seeks to destroy. He confides in them, and is intelligent and deceptive enough to gain their
When it comes to Iago, he is constantly using others in the story as “pieces” in his larger game. He knows how to trick others into thinking that ideas that are completely absurd and very unrealistic are true. The only thing is that nobody realizes his intentions until it is too
In Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago uses his words to manipulate people based on their vulnerabilities. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses poison, herbs, and medicine to depict how words affect a person and bring out their inner flaws or desires. Poisons reflect how all of the characters actions, reputations, and affections are governed by what they have heard, or what is said about them, not their own opinions. Words
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
Othello then says has hes dying “Killing myself to die upon a kiss” because he believes that this is his justice for having killed the on he loved. This supports my claim that language can kill because the words spoken by Iago were as deadly as a knife and it was drawn on anyone who he
This quote shows Iago manipulate Othello into making him beware of Desdemona actions. This makes Othello delusional and not sure whether he should trust Iago or his
Iago tells people variations of the truth but has such conviction and belief in his words that it would be difficult not to believe him. For instance, Desdemona had only good traits that Iago managed to turn “into a positive insult”(181) against her, such as her being fruitful and free. Iago is able to trick everyone because he believes that his words have truth to them and “thinks [them] credible”(181).