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The Credibility Of Iago's Jealousy In Othello

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Throughout the story Othello by Shakespeare, it is commonly believed that the moor’s jealousy leads to the tragic events in Othello, it is actually Iago’s jealousy that causes it. Iago plays a proficient role in the cataclysm of all the major characters within the play, definitely characterizing him as evil and cold hearted. Iago is a deceptive individual who lies and manipulates in the hopes of seeking revenge. He is portrayed as a villain and is known as a degenerate because of the naive chaos he creates between Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo, and Emilia. Iago is suppose to be a loyal servant towards Othello, nonetheless Iago grew disdain and irrational towards Othello and used his alleged loyalty to carry out his plans towards his downfall.…show more content…
He believed almost anything that Iago had said to him even without providing any evidence. Othello not only trusted Iago but believed that he was an honorable man, hence why he’d always claim "Iago is most honest" (III.i.6). Despite that fact that Iago serves Othello and claims to be a close friend he actually loathes him because Othello chose Cassio to become the new lieutenant instead of him. “I have told thee often, and I retell thee again and again, I hate the Moor” (I.iii.407-408). Iago’s jealousy caused him to unquestionably ruin the relationship between Desdemona and Othello without the slightest sense of any shame or regret. Iago’s plan of revenge worked out perfectly, “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee” (1.3.333-334). Iago’s manipulation led Othello into believing that Desdemona was truly unfaithful towards him. He manipulated him with his words and used his insecurities to create doubt within his mind. “Whereto we see in all things nature tends— Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank, Foul disproportion thoughts unnatural—But pardon me—I do not in position Distinctly speak of her, though I may fear her will, recoiling to her better judgment, May fall to match you with her country forms and happily repent” (3.3.268-278). Iago also uses Othello’s race in hopes of believing that there is something "unnatural" and "off" about Desdemona because she decided to marry a black man instead of a man who is of "her own degree and complexion”. Iago absolutely can be considered as a villain because he's uses lies and manipulation upon others to his own
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