Essay Othello By William Shakespeare : Jealousy And Manipulation

1618 Words Aug 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Jealousy and Manipulation in Othello It is often unavoidable for one to encounter devious people who exist only to influence those around them in favor of attaining their desired reality. In our modern times, psychologists may label these people as mentally ill with a number of personality disorders, but in Shakespearean times, they were simply called “evil” or “villainous.” In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is the clear antagonist, scheming to get revenge on various innocent characters while simultaneously exploiting their good natures in the interest of employing their accidental help in their successful destruction. Iago’s behavior throughout the play assists in developing the recurring themes of jealousy and manipulation while emphasizing how one may use the two to his advantage in order to accomplish a hateful goal. Iago controls the chaotic situation created by manipulating others from the very beginning of the play. When he first informs Roderigo of Desdemona’s elopement with Othello, he encourages him to “[c]all up her father” (I.i.69), Brabantio, in order to anger him with the news. Iago’s evil plan is set in motion when Roderigo stupidly introduces himself while shouting obscenities at Brabantio in the middle of the night. Iago does not reveal his presence and, as a result, is not tied to the event, and no one knows of his involvement, excluding Roderigo, who has thus contracted an untrustworthy reputation with Brabantio. Later on, after he is fired, Cassio,…

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