Iago uses the weaknesses of Othello, specifically jealousy and his devotion to things as they seem, to conquer him. From the start of the play, Iago's scheming ability is shown when he convinces Roderigo to tell about Othello and Desdemonda's elopement to Desdemona's father, Brabantio. Confidently Iago continues his plot successfully, making fools of others, and himself being rewarded. Except Roderigo, no one is aware of Iago's plans. This is because Iago pretends to be an honest man loyal to his superiors. Othello was reeled expertly into Othello's plans. He staged many things-having him eavesdrop on Iago and Cassio's conversation about Bianca, and also, Cassio wiping his beard with the sacred handkerchief. The fact that Othello himself views Iago as trustworthy and honest gives the evil within Iago a perfect unsuspecting victim for his schemes.
In deceiving Othello, Iago also deceived Desedemona. By getting her to plead with Othello to allow Cassio back into the order, Desdemona worsens Othello's suspicions of her unfaithfulness with Cassio planted by Iago, of course. Unsuspecting Desdemona thinks she is doing Cassio a favor, when in actuality is making things worse for herself. Iago takes... [continues]
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