Iago, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Iago may be one of the most despicable characters ever to be penned by William Shakespeare. Where other villains, such as the Hamlet’s uncle or Tybalt are readily identifiable as the antagonist by the central characters, Iago, in Sheakspeare’s Othello, remains unidentified by the titular character until it is far too late. What is more, the chanter of Iago is conceivable as a real person. Most people can think of at least one highly manipulative and underhanded person in their life. Though it can be agreed that he desires Othello’s downfall, his motives are ambiguous. This brings to question, what it was that brought Iago’s evil upon Othello? Early in the play Iago is walking with his wealthy patron, Rodrigo, when he gives the reason for hating Othello as because he was overlooked for promotion, with Cassio receiving the position. Of Cassio he says he says:
And what was he?
Forsooth, a great arithmetician,
One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,
A fellow almost damn 'd in a fair wife,
That never set a squadron in the field,
Nor the division of a battle knows
More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,
Wherein the toged consuls can propose
As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practise,
Is all his soldiership. (Sheakspeare 556)
It obvious that Iago does not think Cassio is very worthy to be Othello’s Lieutenant. Cassio has no military experience and has never commanded units. Iago further criticizes him as being political, saying that he “prattles” in the chambers with…

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