In What Ways Does Iago Manipulate Others

Topics: Othello, Iago, Brabantio Pages: 3 (1061 words) Published: October 10, 2012
In what ways does Iago manipulate others in the early scenes? Does he even manipulate the audience?

Iago, is the machiavell of the play 'Othello', described as one of Shakespeare's most sinister characters. He is the real villain who in this story gets his revenge, using manipulation slowly climbing up the stairs of hierarchy to get to his general, who he hates. And the reason for that is not only not getting the position that he wanted but also his belief introduced by some rumour that Othello, the general, has slept with his wife, as he says in Act 2, scene 1 when he is on his own “For I do suspect the lusty moor hath leaped into my seat”. The fact that a rumour is enough for him to start planning out revenge emphasizes his easy to provoke, craving evil nature. Also the fact he carelessly calls his general “lusty” simply from suspicion just moments after he left highlights his machiavellian, duplicitous personality. Now in order to get his revenge he wants to get the Moor to go mad, however it cannot look like he could in any way be responsible for the events happening, which is where the idea of manipulation comes in; Iago uses the other characters to subconsciously help him with his plan by picking out their weaknesses and giving them what seems to be a solution, however it is really just a step towards the revenge. The first time he does that is when he and Roderigo wake Brabantio up, the father of Desdemona, who secretly married the General. Now because Roderigo is in love with Desdemona, he believes that if Brabantio finds out about this marriage he will end it, meaning that Roderigo gets Desdemona. However seconds before he does this Iago informs us that he does not care for love - “not I for love and duty”, meaning that there is another purpose in the idea of telling Brabantio about his daughter. And he proves that by finishing with “I am not what I am”. In this quote he suggests that he is not what he seems to be, therefore even though this looks...
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