Othello: Iago As A Villain

Decent Essays
Claire Sullivan
Mrs. Visteen
English IV
September 12th, 2015
Villains
According to Miriam Webster's dictionary, a villain is a person who does bad things. In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago is considered a villain. Iago is a terrible person because he never tells the truth. Throughout the play, Iago creates a web of treachery that eventually shatters in the end. Iago is considered a villain because he makes his friends jealous, manipulates them, and fakes his innocence. Iago is an evil person because he likes to make his friends jealous. For example in Act III, Scene iii, Iago uses his friend Cassio to make Othello jealous. In a conversation that Othello and Iago were having, Iago purposely acted different towards Othello. Eventually Othello caught on and asked what was wrong. Iago says, “O beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meet it feeds on" (Shakespeare III.iii. 163). Iago is trying to make Othello jealous by telling him that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him. This is evil because she is not actually cheating on him. Another way that Iago is
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Iago convinced Rodrigo to kill Cassio because Rodrigo wanted to sleep with Desdemona. At the end of Scene 5, Iago ended up stabbing Cassio in the leg and then killing Rodrigo. Two servants, Lodovico and Gratiano, came marching around the corner and Iago played innocent towards them. Iago says, “O me, lieutenant! What villains have done this?” (Shakespeare V.i.56). This is ironic because Iago is the villain. He is pretending he did not see any of this happen, when in reality he was the one who started it all. Iago’s web of treachery is finally broken because Emilia, Iago’s Wife, calls Iago out in the end. Emilia says that Iago was not telling the truth. Iago has officially become untrustworthy. Iago then stabs Emilia and kills her. Right after, Iago gets taken away to be in

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