As the tragedy begins, Othello and Desdemona had run off and gotten married without telling Desdemona’s father. When Iago finds out he did not get the job he wanted, he tells Roderigo to “Proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen”(I. I. 76-80). Brabantio, who did not know about his own daughter’s marriage, is finding out from two strangers. This allows Iago to take advantage of Barbantio’s surprise and to come in between the newly weds with his disapproval.
Throughout the play it is obvious that Iago is deceiving Othello into thinking that his wife is unfaithful. Through Iago’s soliloquy, it brilliantly demonstrates how Othello was tricked into believing a tale that was not true, while using Cassio and Roderigo his personal puppets to carry out his vendetta. Through lies, deception, intrigue, hate and envy, we see the demise of Othello and
From violent duals to envious revenge Othello’s death embodies the many consequences of previous events in the play. At the beginning of the play, Othello becomes general and appoints Cassio as second in command, but Othello does not even mention Iago. Quickly, envy builds inside Iago causing him to despise Othello. Iago methodically plans his revenge for Othello and ultimately accomplishes overall destruction and vengeance. Eventually, Iago “thoroughly unsettles Othello by making him believe that Desdemona has betrayed” him (Keyishian 3).
Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage). The two characters are meant to balance each other out, but Iago gets too deep in Othello’s head, leaving him susceptible to lash out. Shakespeare wants to bring attention to the fact that no matter how hard one tries, the darkness creeps on eventually and wins. By this point in the play, all the character’s true colors have been shown. “Othello is forced to recognize that he lives in a tragic world, and he pays the price” which causes him to have his tragic downfall(Harbage).
To begin, the introduction of both Iago and Roger in their respective books are divergent. When they are first introduced to the audience/reader, it is obvious that Iago speaks more and is a major character in comparison to Roger, who only "mutters" his name and suggests that they have a vote for a chief. Othello starts in media res – in the middle of an argument, which plunges contemporary and modern audiences straight into the action. The play opens with Roderigo, who says "Iago, who hast my purse." This immediately causes the audience to see Iago in a negative light when As a result of Iago abandoning his part of the bargain and taking advantage of affluent but naïve Roderigo, Iago comes across as deceitful and Machiavellian, planting the
In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the play is a tragedy constructed by the antagonist Iago; also known as a two-sided character. Throughout Act I, Iago is more of a complex character, who is racist, manipulative, jealous and two-faced. He continuously complains he hates Othello, all because Othello didn’t appoint him as an officer. Iago plans to take Roderigo’s money, and convince Othello that Desdemona had an affair with Cassio. Iago’s two-sided character served the purpose of strengthening the plot and character development throughout the play.
In Shakespeare’s quest to develop a character and create dramatic irony he uses a soliloquy, which is an internal monologue delivered by a character to introduce their innermost thoughts or feelings. In Shakespeare’s Othello, he uses a soliloquy spoken by Iago, to develop the character and create dramatic irony. By looking at Iago’s soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 3, we can see that Iago is the selfish character who uses other to create destruction, which most readers don’t see; this is important because Iago’s destruction of himself and others imperative to the story. Iago’s character is manipulative, he uses the other characters to get what he wants, he does not interact with any of the characters unless they are part of his plan. Throughout
In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago is the main cause of every downfall throughout the play. Not only did Iago tell fallacious statements, but also structured a reputation based on “honesty” and plain speaking. However, How can one be consistently honest over long periods of time? Moreover, Iago had risen through the army ranks by his achievements, which Othello has accepted him due to his great qualities. On the contrary, Iago has qualities of the devil, which can be connected to the Medieval and Renaissance age.
When something goes to far normally we would end it however, that 's not what happened in the shakespeare play Othello. In the source “Destructive revenge in Othello” by Harry Keyishian it talks about the revenge that fueled the play as well as Iago’s true ambitions. Keyishian also talks about how Iago tricks almost everyone in order to get his sweet revenge. Once Iago Stabs his assumed friend Roderigo it’s clear revenge had been taken too far. Iago is by far the sneakiest character in Othello.
When Iago informs certain characters that he knows have fallen into his trap, the characters will not doubt what he has to say. While Iago fills the characters’ minds with lies, the characters will act according to the lies thinking he is honest. Although his lies are sometimes subtle it affects the Othello is one of the victims who believed Iago. You can already tell that Othello has been fooled when he calls him “a man [of] honesty and trust”. The audience already knows that Iago is a liar and loathes Othello, so the audience can tell when Iago is being two-faced and that Othello truly believes in him.