The Complexity Of Iago In Shakespeare's Othello

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In the play, Othello, there are several unique characters but none like Iago himself. He is one of a kind. He is a master manipulator and a conniving delinquent above all. He preys upon the innocent to perceive his longing for deceiving everyone in his way. Which most readers believe that it was all about Iago’s jealousy of Othello. In Othello, Iago possesses within himself a unique characteristic. He is manipulative and parasitic. Iago brings his character about throughout the play and we find out how he truly is.
Iago uses manipulation to an advantage, Roderigo is his first target, he is gullible and innocent. Roderigo is easily manipulated, his longing for Desdemona make him sensitive to Iago’s plan of manipulation. His lust for Desdemona
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Iago has this master plan to get Cassio majorly intoxicated, and to start a quarrel. Due to Cassio’s childish behavior, Othello demotes him to lieutenant; which is what Iago wanted all along. Cassio is very upset about this, his ranking is of a high importance to him, and with Othello demoting him only further upsets him. Iago soon backstabs Cassio, and convinces Montano that Cassio is an alcoholic. “’Tis evermore his prologue to his sleep. He’ll watch the horologe a double set if drink rock not his cradle” (Othello, II.III, 42). He tells Montano that Cassio drinks every night before he goes to sleep, and if he didn’t drink he’d stay up all night and day. This was Iago’s plan all along, to get Cassio demoted, and to ruin his reputation; while pretending to be his friend. But that isn’t all, Iago also plans on filling Cassio with great intention. “Ay, but, lady/ I being present, and my place supplied- My general will forget my love and service"(Othello, III.III, 53). He leads Cassio to believe that there still is hope in getting his position back by begging Desdemona which will then lead to Othello giving Cassio his previous position back. “Is of so free a disposition” (Cefalu, 268). Only to do this by using his own plan to imply that he desires …show more content…
But that isn’t all Iago has in store to tell Othello, he then mentions that she is likely to betray him for she has already done so with her very father Brabantio. “She did deceive her father, marrying you, And when she seemed to shake, and fear your looks, she loved them most” (Othello, III.III, 59). Iago is trying to convince Othello of Desdemona’s deceitfulness so Iago will be on his good side and he will further be upset with his wife. “I may fear Her will, recoiling to her better judgement, May fall to match you with her country forms, And happily repent” (Othello, III.III, 60). As Iago addresses this to Othello it drives him to complete madness, denying her betrayal upon him and telling Iago to keep an eye on Desdemona for now Othello believes Iago’s lies. As the play goes on Othello believes no one but Iago, overlooking his obsession but only seeing the “truth” that Iago puts forth. He gives lie after lie to Othello, driving him mad, leading to a complete and distasteful jealousy. Framing all of Iago’s lies and Othello’s trust with him he promotes Iago to lieutenant. He takes advantage of Othello’s insecurities and uncertainty about himself by being put in an non trustworthy environment that enraptures him making him skeptical about his wife and turning him against his own wed. Iago thrives on this, knowing that he has accomplished what he had fully

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