Iago and His
In the play of Othello by William Shakespeare the character of Iago can be best described as what is known as a master manipulator. Iago is a professional at the art of persuasion (Beier,2014). In Othello, we can see Iagos plans firsthand through the use of soliloquies. Iagouses these to inform the audience as he stands by himself announcing what he intends to accomplish. Iagos feelings of hate and ultimate betrayal stem from a strong feeling of jealousy towards Othello(Bevington,2014). Iago presents a prime example of how the feeling of jealousy can be stronger and more dangerous than just hate alone.
In Act 1, Scene 3 we first learn of Iagos plan to deceive Othello into believing that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio (Bevington,2014, Act 1, show more content
Iago states, That Cassio loves her, I do well believet: That she loves him, tis apt and of great credit. The Moor howbeit that I endure him not Is of a constant, loving, noble nature, And, I dare think, hell prove to Desdemona A most dear husband. Now, I do love her too; Not out of absolute lust though peradventure I stand accountant for as great a sin But partly led to diet my revenge For that I do suspect the lusty Moor Hath leaped into my seat, the thought whereof Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards, And nothing can, or shall, content my soul Till I am evened with him, wife for wife (Bevington,2014, Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 277-303). Within this statement, we can see that Iago also shares a love for Desdemona. He makes this clear but at the same time confuses the reader when he points out that his love is not from lust alone. It seems that Iago has a darker plan other than taking Othellos wife from him. This also presents again how Iago intends to manipulate Othello into believing him to be his true friend when he shows him that his wife has not been faithful to him
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