Explain How Othello's and Iago's Relationship Leads to Tragedy?

Topics: Othello, Iago, William Shakespeare Pages: 3 (1044 words) Published: February 14, 2011
Explain how Othello’s and Iago’s relationship leads to tragedy? The most influential writer in English literature ‘William Shakespeare’ born 1564 wrote many plays comedies and sonnets. I will be talking about one of Shakespeare's most popular play which is ‘Othello’. Othello has a long and successful stage history and was one of the first plays to be performed since the 1660’s. Othello has never gone in and out of fashion like some of Shakespeare other plays. This is possibly because of their universal theme which is love and how the play has a narrow focus on three characters, Othello, Iago and Desdemona. The main focus of this essay is on the relationship of the Moor Othello, a valiant and a respected general, with Iago who is considered one of the most evil villains in all of Shakespeare. Iago is considered to be a Machiavellian villain, a Machiavellian villain will set up people to do his dirty work by misdirection and suggestion. Ideally this type of villain will get other people to do exactly what he wants, but they will never realise they are working for his purpose. Othello and Iago had a very close relationship. Othello listened to everything Iago say as well as believing them too this is because Iago is known as the most honest man in Venice. Iago is vexed that he didn’t receive promotion from general Othello, who bestowed the position of lieutenant to Michael Casio a Florentine. This caused Iago to hate Othello and seek revenge. But in order to do that Iago had to get Othello’s trust “whip me such honest knaves! Others there are who trimmed in forms and visages of duty, keep yet their hearts attending on themselves and, throwing but shows of service on their lords, do well and thrive by them, and, when they have lined their coats” here Iago is explaining to Rodrigo the rejected suitor for Desdemona that he is a hypocrite, who is only pretending loyalty to Othello. He's not like those men who loyally serve their masters all their lives and then are...
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