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  • Iago And Othello
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    Iago, More than Just a Villain Iago, the evil villain of Shakespeare's Othello, is more than just a villain. In many ways he is the most intelligent and appealing character in the play. Iago shows superiority over the rest of the characters in the play. He has the ability to manipulate the characters in the play, therefore controlling the play with every sequence of events. His intelligence shines through his ability to deceive, his ability to, and his ability to twist the truth. Iago is appeali...
  • Iago To Othello
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    Iago's Motivation Iago is a 'moral pyromaniac. ' Harold C. Goddard writes that Iagoconsciously and unconsciously seeks to destroy the lives of others, especially others with high moral standards (Goddard 76). However, Iago is more than just 'moral pyromaniac,' he is a moral pyromaniac whose fire is fueled by pure hatred. He is a hungry power monger whose appetite for destruction can only be satisfied after he has chewed up and spat out the lives of others. Iago lusts for power, but his sense of ...
  • Iago S Hatred Of Othello
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    In the historical tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare there is a great show of hate and dislike toward Othello by Iago. Why does Iago have such hate for the Moor Through analyzing Iago's character the answer to this question can be found. Iago develops hatred toward Othello for a variety of reasons. Not only is Othello dark skinned, but he also did not give the lieutenancy to Iago. Iago suspects that Othello slept with his wife, Emilia, and he also suspects Cassio of doing the same. Another r...
  • Appearance Vs Reality Othello Iago
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    " I am not what I am". What is Iago? Iago's actual personality is quite distant from what he pretends to be. In Shakespeare's Othello, the reader is presented the classic battle between good and evil. It is these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello. Othello's breakdown results in the murder of his wife Desdemona. Desdemona is representative of the good in nature. Good can be defined as forgiving, honest, innocent and unsuspecting. The evil contained within Othello is ...
  • Iago Killing Cassio
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    One of the most intriguing characters in the tragic play 'Othello,' by William Shakespeare, is Othello's 'friend' Iago. At first glance, Iago seems to have no motive for the destruction he is causing. However, despite Iago's unquestionable malignancy, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago's quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil's sake. In order to achieve his personal gain Iago manipulates Rodrigo, Cassio and, most importantly, Othello. Iago's main interest...
  • Tremendous Subtext For Iago An Othello
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    Iago and Honesty in Othello Alee za Gerstein April 21, 1999 Iago uses the word honest in act three of Othello in three primary ways. The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio. He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassio's honesty, and question his hounorablility. The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio. Iago uses it in the context that the two may be truthful, again to make Othello doubt. The third way is Iago's most effective ...
  • Othello As Valiant Othello Iago's First Plan
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    Iago cannot bear Othello's being a superior figure. Iago comments on Othello's going to war as 'Another of his fathom they have none / To lead their business. ' (lines 153-154) Iago insults Othello's skin color profusely behind his back. As the first part of his plan, Iago seeks to arouse Brabantio to the fact that the Moor has 'robbed' (line 88) him of his daughter. Iago refers to Othello as an 'old black ram / t upping your white ewe. ' This tasteless reference pictures Othello's ugly black sk...
  • Othello Iago
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    Honesty is one of the most important factors in Othello. And although there is very little honesty actually present in the play the term is most commonly applied to Iago, who also happens to be the most dishonest character in Othello. Due partly to the other characters naivet'e, Iago is capable of manipulating, brainwashing, and molding the other characters to satisfy his need for revenge against Othello. Iago would most commonly be referred to as dishonest, however beyond that he is also downri...
  • Honest Iago
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    Iago's Web of Deceit Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play 'Othello,' is 'Honest' Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end. Iago is not your ordinary villain. The role he plays is rather unique and complex, far from what one might expe...
  • Iago As Othello's Second In Command
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    One of the most interesting and exotic characters in the tragic play 'Othello,' by William Shakespeare, is 'Honest' Iago. At first glance, Iago seems to be the essence of 'motiveless malignity. ' However, despite Iago's unquestionable malignancy, the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iago's quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil's sake. Iago's rapacity can be validated by examining his manipulation of Roderigo, Cassio and, most importantly, Othello. Iago's main i...
  • Love With Othello's Wife Desdemona
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    Othello Essay In the play Othello, the very evil and conniving character Iago deceives the main characters. He prays mostly on the main character Othello. Othello is a black general who is married to a white woman named Desdemona. In the beginning of the play Othello promotes a man named Cassio to be his right hand man in his army. Iago, thinking that he was going to get the promotion, is furious by this and swears revenge on Othello. In his revenge he uses many people. One of these people is Ro...
  • Angers Iago
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    Othello In Othello by William Shakespeare, the villain Iago has many motives for ruining the lives of Othello, Cassio, Desdemona, and Roderigo. They include jealousy, fears of infidelity, greed, and his anger at being passed on for a promotion. These passionate motives drives Iago, turning him into one of the most evil of villains Shakespeare has created. Roderigo a solider in Othello's army and once a courtier of Othello's wife Desdemona is under Iago's spell from the beginning. Iago's manipula...
  • Honest Iago He
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    Iago is a fascinating character in the play Othello. He seems to be the main character as everything seems to evolve around him, he makes mischievous plans towards Othello because he hates him. I hate the moor, He is also being paid by Roderigo, (a dim but wealthy character) to make Desdemona (Othello wife) fall in love with him so he can marry her. In this essay I will go through some thoughts of Iago and what he is like and why. Iago is intelligent so he knows that he is trusted by most people...
  • Cassio And Desdemona
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    In this thesis I will explain the reasonings behind Iago. Iago is obviously the 'bad apple' in this book and I will explain several reasons for this behavior. Iago is the whole reason there is any conflict in Othello. If he never had entered the play Othello would have married Desdemona and they would have lived happily ever after. Right from the beginning of the play to the very end he causes conflicts. He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of: Othello Desdemona, Emilia, Cassi...
  • Cassios Reputation And Othellos Impression
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    Reputation is a part of life. Nobody can dispute this fact whether they like it or not. To some, their reputation is a blessing because of positive attitudes towards them. To others, it can be a sickness that they can not cure. In William Shakespeares Othello, the characters Othello and Desdemona, Iago, and Cassio show just how important ones reputation can be. Reputation impedes good judgment - both in the decisions the characters make, and in the decisions made about them. Iago is the two-face...
  • Beginning Of Act 1 Iago
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    Iago is the whole reason there is any conflict in Othello. If he never had entered the play Othello would have married Desdimonia and they would have lived happily ever after. Right from the beginning of the play to the very end he causes conflicts. He is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of: Othello Desdimona, Emilia, Cassio, and Roderigo. Which happen to be all of the main characters. I believe Shakespeare didn't just want Iago's character to be evil. I think he wanted him more...
  • Iago Swindles Money And Jewels From Roderigo
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    The most interesting and round character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "honest" Iago. Through carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago manipulates others to do things in which he benefits. Iago is the main driving force in "Othello", pushing several characters toward their tragic end. Iago is not a traditional villain for he plays a unique and complex role. Unlike most villains in tragic plays, evidence of Iago's deception is not clearly visible. Iago is smart and a...
  • Iago's Hatred For Othello
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    One of the most intriguing characters in the tragic play "Othello", by William Shakespeare, is Othello's "friend" Iago. Iago is the central villain in the play and deliberately tries to cause trouble for Othello. The play opens with Iago beginning to conspire with Rodrigo, a simple-minded man in love with Desdemona, with only Iago's hatred for Othello given as a reason for destruction. However, the audience is not informed for the reasons for his hatred. On a surface level, his hatred could be j...
  • Othello's Opinion Of Iago
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    ' I am not what I am '. These words spoken by Iago are a clear reflection that Iago is not the person perceived by the rest of the characters in the story, or by the audience for that matter. Iago is clearly the antagonist in this story, and is also a greedy person. He is not just greedy for money, but also for the position as Othello's lieutenant that Cassio holds. What enrages him more is that he has been around longer than Cassio, and yet it is Cassio who is made lieutenant. Thus greed and je...
  • Iago And Rodrigo
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    Throughout Othello, the devil-reincarnated Iago is seen to be scheming something. As the story unfolds, we see that Iago manipulates the people around him, by helping them in hope and confidence to achieve the success of his plans to bring down Cassio and use all efforts to make himself Lieutenant. The first person that we can see Iago uses is Rodrigo. At the start of the play, we see two characters, Iago and Rodrigo talking about something outside Brabantio's house. Rodrigo's love for Brabantio...

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