William Shakespeare 's Othello, The Moor Of Venice Essay

802 Words Aug 14th, 2016 4 Pages
In “Othello, the Moor of Venice” the audience is introduced to a devil of a villain named Iago. Iago is a black male soldier of North African Origins in the Venetian military under the command of Othello. Iago’s is known as an accomplished soldier referred to as “honest Iago”. Unlike his nickname, Iago is everything but honest with the characters in this play, and much like the devil he represents, he is full of deceit and arrogance. Many critics argue that Iago’s actions stem from self-loathing, however, Iago’s personal opinion of himself is presented in his soliloquies as one who is better, cleverer, and more ambitious than those around him. Iago’s first soliloquy comes at the closing of Act 1, when Roderigo leaves to sell his lands and collect as much money as possible in an attempt to secretly fool Desdemona. These actions were done at Iago’s instruction. After Roderigo leaves, Iago speaks of how much he despises the man, “for mine own gained knowledge should profane if I would time expend with such a snipe but for my sport and profit” (Act 1 Scene 3 lines 385-87). This is opposite of the first part of the act when spoke of his friendship and loyalty to Roderigo and his hatred for Othello. This soliloquy solidifies the audience’s opinion of Iago’s treachery. Iago clearly views himself as better, and cleverer than those around him, believing he can utilize others for personal gratification and reward without them noticing. Iago also hatches his plan to use…

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