Essay about The Villain Of William Shakespeare 's Othello

1756 Words Oct 29th, 2014 8 Pages
A villain’s mind holds many factors of evil and destruction. A villain might use these powers to unleash a terrible world of fear and pain. The villain’s power affects everyone, from one person to the entire globe. One piece of literature that explores a villain’s personality is William Shakespeare’s Othello. Othello describes a man’s descent from an honorable general to a blood-thirsty murderer. The man, Othello’s descent was carefully planned by one of literature’s most evil villain, Iago. Based on a thorough analysis of the play, Iago is the quintessential villain because of his dishonesty, his manipulation of people and events, and his cold-heartedness.
One character trait that supports the argument that Iago is a villain is his dishonesty. At the beginning of the story, Iago and his gullible friend Roderigo were discussing Iago’s failed attempt to get promoted. Iago vowed to take revenge on Othello for his pains. Iago knew that Roderigo wanted to sleep with Desdemona, Othello’s newly wedded wife. As a result, he told Roderigo that he will help him get Desdemona if he sold his lands in Venice and traveled with him to Cyprus on a military expedition. Roderigo happily agreed. The moment Roderigo went away, however, Iago laughed at his foolishness. Iago said, “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse; For I mine own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snipe But for my sport and profit” (I. iii. 401-403). By tricking Roderigo into going to an…

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