He is manipulative and tells Othello to “observe her [Desdemona] well with Cassio” (Shakespeare, 3.3:197). Iago feeds Othello with countless lies and makes him miserable with something that is not factual. He is determined to get revenge and he does not realize Iago stands insincere. Furthermore, Iago is selfish when he tells Othello, “I am yours for ever” (3.3:479). He betrays Othello yet still let’s him depend on him for his own
He was deceitful and had very selfish means and to obtain what he desired and could even use his own daughter, who he loved dearly, to do so. His villainous ways surfaced in various forms like when he went on a killing
Money the source of all greed. It plays a important role in this story regarding Iago's plan with Rodrigo. “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse” said by Iago by the end of Act I. This quote stood out among the rest, probably because a character like Iago is so deceiving to get people to do all his work. Rodrigo was the push he needed to get his plan afloat with him to get Cassio mad and then stab the major.
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. He expresses his jealousy for Cassio when he says that Othello “already chose [his] officer” who he calls “One Michael Cassio, a Florentine” who “never set a squadron in the field.” Iago believes he should have gotten the promotion because he had more military experience and training.
The use of irony throughout the play is shown drastically towards the end when Orgon praises Tartuffe, but simply cannot see that he is an imposter when he shows his real colors. Tartuffe uses irony to steal their wealth and seduce Elmire, Orgon’s wife. In Tartuffe, Moliere uses irony to show how Madame Pernelle and Orgon were so easily deceived by Tartuffe and emphasizes the theme of hypocrisy through Tartuffe’s actions, deceit and lies.
Lastly, Iago’s biggest take down is Othello. He acknowledges that Othello's weakness is Desdemona and uses it to his advantage. Jealousy is what drives Othello to do crazy things towards Cassio and Desdemona. Although Othello is a great leader, he lets Iago alter his perception through words and suffers. Iago convinces Othello of Desdemona’s infidelity when he“visually” explains how he has caught Cassio and Desdemona together.
Genghis Khan once said “an action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure”, thus ultimately leaving those with malicious intentions to wallow in their collapsed dreams. These wise words of advice apply to many circumstances in Othello, by William Shakespeare, where one man’s desperate thirst for revenge causes him to manipulate those around him. Iago’s heinous motives drive him to fulfill the needs of his unruly God complex. In Othello, Shakespeare characterizes Iago as astute through the use of hyperbole and metaphors. We can learn from Iago that having an air of superiority results in a distorted view of reality and can eventually lead to bitterness and hate.
The play is indicative of an identity, which defines jews and christians through different social positions and classes, aiming to please the Elizabethan audience that attended Shakespeare's plays. We encounter Shylock, a character that is in many ways presented as a villain through his actions and other character’s perception of him. Although, one can question if this is due to a prejudice through their eyes based on religion, and one is left in a villain or victim dilemma. Other characters also depict that Jews could only be accepted if a conversion occurs to Christianity. Through Shakespeare’s characterisation with the use of diction and dialogue throughout the play, there is a contrast developed between Jews’ and Christians’ status and power, this gives us an insight of how