Analysis of Iago Act 1 and 2

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In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, Act I and II show the development of the character of Iago and his manipulative and treacherous deeds. It is through Iago and his ways that he works gradually at destroying Othello, defaming Desdemona and deposing of Cassio. In this, we are able to see Iago’s spiteful scheme in which he creates havoc and seeks motives for his malice.

A famous English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, depicts Iago’s actions as “the motive-hunting of motiveless malignity This is seen in Act I and II as Iago seeks reasons, motive hunting to justify his evil deeds. “In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, I am worth no worse a place”. (Act I, scene I). This said my Iago, acknowledges the idea that Iago wanted to become lieutenant but the job was given to Michael Cassio “A Florentine, the bookish theoric”. In this first reason, Iago uses this as motivation to destroy Othello. From the beginning it is clear that Iago hates the “Moor“and so is keen on ruining his life. However, it does not prove a solid reason to destroy Othello and so his act is seen as motiveless because of the weakness in his reason to demolish Othello.

Iago’s second reason in which he blames Othello for is the fact that “its’ thought abroad that twixt my sheets; He’s done my office”. For this reason, Iago cunningly plans on the ruination of Othello. However, it is not a sufficient reason which warrants the death of several characters. A possible reason for Iago’s action is that Iago’s deeds are so extreme that he needs some justification to back up his malice. Through this, it is then possible for Iago to justify his wicked actions through this jealousy and his motive-hunting ways which are manipulative and foreboding. We as readers can also contemplate the idea that Iago’s motives are simply based on the idea that he enjoys watching other people’s spiral out of control as he feeds them poisonous thoughts. This then introduces the ideology for readers of Iago’s...
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