Iago the Antagonist

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Virshaun Grant

Into to Literature

May 8th 2012

Iago the Antagonist

Usually in any story or a lot of stories there is an antagonist who plays an important role that may sometimes be mischievous or compelling to act against another character or characters. In the play “Othello”, Iago ends up being a very witty antagonist who entraps many characters into his games of winning the love of Desdemona. He works against Othello by attempting to destroy him mentally, since Othello isn’t that wise. As Iago says, “I follow him to serve my turn upon him” (pg 1250). As he says this, he is almost turning and addressing the crowd about how much he hates Othello. As Iago builds more and more hatred and jealousy towards Othello, he begins to add other characters into his monster and tricky acts. He also becomes to realize that his friend Roderigo has a crush on Desdemona, so he manipulates Roderigo for his money, jewels and obedience to get him to Desdemona’s love. Iago saw this as a way to make Roderigo follow along to also ruin Othello. Roderigo is also advised to spoil Othello’s marriage by rousing Desdemona’s family against the general. He led many characters to a direction that would make him look good at the end of his plan, but in the end. All of these characters would end up being killed or mislead. In the first scene he seems to be upset because Othello passed Iago over for the position of lieutenant. Iago could tell Barbanzio did not approve of his daughters marriage to Othello. Iago would feed Barbanzio news that Othello is nothing but a moor, and he just had a sexual intent. As time starts to go on, Iago begins to tell Othello everything about Roderigo being in love with Desdemona and how he wants her. This shows that Iago has gone behind Roderigo’s back and that he his not loyal, and he is a traitor. Readers are able to figure out that Iago is not a trustworthy character by this act. Roderigo finds out that Desdemona is head over heels for...
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