Iago Character Analysis Essay

1117 Words Feb 20th, 2006 5 Pages
William Shakespeare's Othello is a play that mostly revolves around jealousy, trust and revenge. Throughout most of Shakespeare's plays, evil characters are not uncommon, but in my own opinion, Iago has to be one of – if not the most - interesting. Even though Iago might be described by some as being just "pure evil" or even "intolerable", the truth still remains that people will read deeper into the play just to see what Iago will do next. Through his words and actions, which are carefully thought out, Iago is able to manipulate others for his personal benefit. Not only that, but he also manipulates people to get him closer to his goals. He is no doubt the driving force of the play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards the tragic …show more content…
He does this by convincing Roderigo to give him money. "I say put money in thy purse. It cannot be long that Desdemona should continue to love the Moor." (1.3, 340-342)

With this deal, Roderigo is supposed to be paying Iago money for Iago to help him win over Desdemona. Iago takes the money Roderigo gives him and uses it on things that have nothing to do with their deal. When Roderigo discovers this, he threatens Iago. However, when he tells Roderigo about a great plot to capture Desdemona's heart, Roderigo automatically forgets he is mad at Iago and then goes along with the plan to kill Cassio. In doing this, not only is Roderigo still a pawn for Iago's plots, but he also gets to kill Cassio, who Iago believes took the position as Lieutenant that he – Iago –deserved. Then, after the whole plot to kill Cassio takes place, Roderigo is identified as the attacker. So to keep Roderigo from revealing the whole plot, Iago kills him, once again showing his lack of conscience. Iago is the only reason that there is any conflict in Othello. If Iago was never introduced in the play, then Othello would have married Desdemona and everyone would have just lived on peacefully, or maybe even happily ever after. All throughout the book, from beginning to end, all Iago does is cause conflicts between the characters. He is either directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of many

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