The Character Analysis Of Iago In William Shakespeare's Othello

In Othello, Iago’s thoughts of himself are easily described with two words, self-centered. Iago thinks the world and all those in it owe him something. He feels betrayed by all he thought were friends and loved ones, true or not in his narcissistic mind it is. Iago sets out to get vengeance on each and every one that deserves it. Quiet intelligently he uses his talented, manipulative ways to create himself a great reputation of being a loyal, honest solider and friend, better known as an honest captain. Using this grand, twisted reputation and lacking any remorse, our Iago seeks a horrific revenge; one where he works on everyone’s insecurities breaking them down one by one, turning each against the other all to have just this, his bitter sweet …show more content…
He speaks freely of his lack of empathy for others, as we see it anyways. He however, does not see this at all. He feels more that if someone gets hurt along his path of destruction, deserve it or not, so be it. He does not see himself as a bad person or as doing anything wrong. He thinks of himself as just the one that is playing the hand of the villain; he is not any kind of villain he is merely doing his duty. Iago justifies this in his sick way of thinking, all those that have done him wrong, are the bad ones and most of all the weak ones that deserve to be punished. At the end of act 2, he speaks freely about his thoughts. How is it he could actually be seen as anything but honest and helpful? He has only freed others of their bad ways; he could never be seen as a villain that just does not make …show more content…
Will you, I pray, demand that demi-devil
Why he hath thus ensnared my soul and body?”
“Demand me nothing. What you know you know.
From this time forth I never will speak word.”
(Bevington, 2014. [5.2] p. 654)
Was Iago the honest captain, he was once thought to be? No! He was vastly a vindictive manipulative genius to be quite honest. He was a mastermind of deception, manipulations, and evil trickery. As Katalin Tabi puts it in her writings Iago’s character as it was seen by Janos Acs’s 1989 play-text, Iago was syntactically honest (Tabi, 2006). She shows where Iago has a hard time always keeping up the act of the friendliest and kindest of souls. This is due to his overshadowing underlining hatred that he cannot break free of. At these times we can see his true nature as calculated and sly, some even seemed like a deliberate attack of the audience. Tabi gathers all of this, from the true nature of Iago in his words. She states that he is dishonest, fake in his words and in the things he does. However, his many soliloquies and ramblings are him showing his broken self, that of the syntactically honest

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