How Does Iago Manage to Corrupt Othello Essay

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Othello is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, involving the manipulating Iago and the virtuous Desdemona. Iago , who is a central figure in this play, uses different techniques to corrupt the protagonist of the play , Othello. While it is clear that Iago corrupts Othello’s virtue and says that he will ‘turn the virtue into pitch and out of her goodness make the net that that will enmesh them all.’ the matter of Othello and Iago, it cannot fairly be maintained that Iago was the sole cause of the calamities that befell Othello. In general it must be said that there is no Shakespearean tragedy in which the responsibility for the deed of the hero and the subsequent tragedy can be shifted from him to another person of the play
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He is more aware of it than Othello ; he says ‘ O errr, vaulting ambition.’ He lets the witches prophesies fester in his head and take control of him. Suggestions from the witches become reality and he goes crazy…


In that scene, it becomes apparent how Iago

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