Manipulation And Deception In William Shakespeare's Othello

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By Iago being the puppet master of the play he reveals the inhuman side of people and how they react to manipulation and deception. In the book Othello by Shakespeare we have what I see as a masterful puppeteer. He should be in Sesame Street if you ask me. The puppet masters name is Iago. Iago uses many tools at his dispersal like manipulation, lies, and sometimes just pure luck. His end goal is clear at first but near the end of the story we’re not quite sure where he’s going. Iago is pissed off because Othello just simply overlooked him for getting the spot of lieutenant, this is what starts this whirlwind of hatred and all out jealousy in Iago’s pitiful head. Othello says that he thinks that he can trust Iago. In act 1 scene 3 …show more content…
This story literally has so many examples of Iago lying to everybody by his actions. Has he always been like this or is he like the devil once a good man but became corrupted by power and jealousy, this is where the story starts off, with him being this manipulative figure that everybody thinks is still honest, but they need to think again. The next tool the puppeteer has in his arsenal is manipulation. He has no chill when it comes to manipulating people. Throughout the book people literally do exactly what he envisions or what he says without them even knowing. A perfect example of this is in act 2 scene 1 lines 182-187 when Iago begins his show, “[aside] He takes her by the palm. Ay, well said, whisper. With as little as web as this I will ensnare as great a fly as Cassio. Ay, smile upon her, do. I will gyve thee in thine own courtship.” So to explain, Iago says these things and as he’s saying them they …show more content…
My point is that there are things that happen to Iago that are just plain stupid. When Iago needs something to prove his point, whatever proof he needs magically falls into his lap after he says it. My absolutely favorite example of this in the book is in Act 3 scene 3 lines 334-342 and lines 350-359, “[Picking up the handkerchief] I am glad I have found this napkin. This was her first remembrance from the Moor. My wayward husband hath a hundred times wooed me to steal it. But she so loves the token, that she reserves it ever more about her to kiss and talk to. I’ll have the work ta’en out and give’t Iago. What he will do with it Heaven knows, not I. I nothing but to please his fantasy.” [Enter Iago] Emilia: O is that all? What will you give me now for that same handkerchief? Iago: Has’t stol’n it from her? Emilia: No, she let it drop by negligence, and to th’ advantage I, being here, took‘t up. Look, here tis’. Iago: A good wench! Give it me.” Do you see the stupid irony here he wants something that is really going to sell his story that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio. This little hanky is arguably the thing that sets Othello off, or drives him completely insane. He then begins to think in terms of jealousy, and Iago is just spoon feeding him manipulating lies like he’s a toddler it 's pure genius on Iago’s part, or is it just dumb luck? Another

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