Essay about Analysis Of ' Othello ' By William Shakespeare

1278 Words Dec 15th, 2015 6 Pages
People generally imagine psychopaths as insane murders with odd habits. However, psychopaths can appear as completely normal people; they can act like anyone else, which makes them hard to identify. One of the ways to identify a psychopath is to observe their tendency to manipulate and deceive other people for their own gain. In addition to this, Psychopaths always desire for power and control, and will sacrifice others to obtain it. Lastly, one of the biggest characteristics of a psychopath is that they are unable empathize with other people. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago is a psychopath because he demonstrates psychopathic characteristics such as: planned deception, hunger for power, and lack of empathy. Iago carefully plans his deception and manipulation of people who trust him. One example of this is when Iago talks with Roderigo right before the celebration of their victory over the Turks. Iago convinces Roderigo to pick a fight against Cassio when he is drunk so Cassio will be shamed in front of all of Cyprus and lose his rank. Iago says to him, “The lieutenant tonight/ watches on the court of guard. First, I must tell thee/ this: Desdemona is directly in love with him./… An index and obscure prologue to the history of/ lust and foul thoughts.” (II, i, 215-259) Iago first deceives Roderigo by making him believe that Cassio and Desdemona love each other, then starts to manipulate him by using his love for Desdemona. Iago is seen as a psychopath…

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