Iago Character Analysis

In Shakespeare’s Othello, there are many complex characters in which get shielded from their true intentions being shown. A prime example of this is the multi – leveled Iago; he interacts with the characters as if he were a perfectly modeled friend, in whom he is completely honest, and will stand behind his companions through the thick and thin of life’s struggles. Although in his head he holds much darker thoughts. These thoughts are completely uncalculated and lead into his deceitful actions, which in turn make Iago a lethal character. Due to his multi-leveled personality he can be portrayed as both good and evil. He is able to use this to his advantage in making him become the innocent character to which everyone believed he was. Towards …show more content…
He doesn’t truly state as to why he has such hatred towards Othello, but in the readers view, it compels to believe that it is based on what was never given to him. An example of this being; “Though I do hate him as I do hell pains, yet for necessity of present life, I must show out a flag and sign of love – which is indeed but sign.” (i.i.157-160) This being in the beginning of the play, shows that early off Iago’s hatred is based off his jealousy. This is saying that even though he hates Othello, in order to get to the point of influencing Othello’s actions Iago needs to show Othello signs of loyalty and affection – even if it is an act. This power of manipulation that Iago discovers leads him to alternate the other characters thoughts and actions as well, making every action that people are creating to only benefit Iago. He not only convinces the characters to tell lies that they themselves believe is the truth, he is also able to manipulate them to the point of insanity – becoming puppets under his control. A good example of this being; “Virtue? A fig! ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract …show more content…
The misfortunate events created by Iago built to the point that it could no longer balance and just imploded on itself. The character Iago, lives for drama, constantly thinks he knows best, manipulates and takes everything for granted. All of these qualities are the definition of a toxic friend. A friend that no one deserves, one that no good will come out of the relationship when together. He preys on people’s sense of hope and fidelity, promoting loyalty and delivering treachery in return. A wolf in sheep’s skin, Iago terrifies the modern society because of the ease that he has with his deceitfulness. He is the type of character that makes people wonder how many Iago’s are lurking in the shadows in our world, waiting for their time to pounce. He is proof that villainy can easily disguise their inner self – ultimately coming off innocent as an unborn child. Where in reality, they are far from

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