Manipulation in Othello

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Othello Essay
“To what extent is manipulation central to the play as a whole?”

Even though the play is called “Othello” and what Othello does is central to the play, Iago is the character that causes the action within the play written by William Shakespeare. Iago is the character who manipulates others to further the action in this play to make it intriguing for the reader or audience. Manipulation is central to this play as a whole because it is what Iago uses to get his revenge and what furthers Othello’s downfall. Iago uses his expert judgement skills to manipulate gullible Roderigo, jealous Othello and he also manipulates the use of language to get his revenge on Othello. Othello is a high general in the service of Venice who promotes Michael Cassio to the position of lieutenant and Iago is jealous of this. Iago begins plotting an evil scheme to get his revenge against Othello. Iago manipulates characters in the play to get Othello to think Desdemona is cuckolding him and Othello becomes jealous and suspicious of her. All this leads to Othello murdering Desdemona and the deaths of Emilia and Roderigo. Othello ends up killing himself after finding out Iago is at fault. Iago uses manipulation to betray Roderigo, Cassio and Othello to benefit himself. Iago is a good judgement of character so he knows that Roderigo is gullible so he uses that to his advantage. When he finds out that Roderigo is in love with Desdemona he manipulates him into thinking that Othello is not the one for Desdemona and that she would be better off with her. Iago plants thoughts into Roderigo’s head that Cassio and Desdemona are fond of each other which causes him to go after Cassio saying, “First I must tell thee this: Desdemona is directly in love with him” and “”That Cassio loves her, I do well believe it; That she loves him, tis apt and of great credit.” Iago then manipulates Roderigo into picking a fight with Cassio whilst he is drunk so that Othello would fire him as his...
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