In the play Othello, Iago uses certain steps to help him in his plan to manipulate Othello to go against his wife Desdemona and his co-worker, Cassio. These steps help him greatly in his plan to deploy Othello against Cassio and Desdemona. Iago plays upon Othello's own fears and reinforces those fears with lies and hints to help him with his plan. First, Iago lies to Othello and makes him believe that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio. The next step Iago takes to manipulate Othello is when he steals the handkerchief that Othello gave Desdemona from her and plants it on Cassio. Finally, Iago arranges for Othello to overhear a conversation between himself and Cassio so that Othello believes he is hearing a confession. These are the steps that help Iago’s plan to get Othello to turn against Desdemona and Cassio.
Iago makes Othello believe that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio because when Cassio goes to Desdemona for help Iago words the situation to Othello in a way where he would believe that Desdemona was being unfaithful to him with Cassio. When Cassio went to talk to Desdemona Iago notices that Cassio holds Desdemona’s hand as he talks to her, so once Iago realized this was when he made the plan to make it seem as if Cassio has a liking for Desdemona. Iago makes Othello believe that Desdemona is is not as pure as she appears to be. By doing this he causes Othello to become upset with Desdemona and Cassio.
The next step Iago takes to manipulate Othello is when he steals the handkerchief that Othello gave Desdemona from her and plants it on Cassio. Iago manages to get the handkerchief because when Desdemona tried to offer it to Othello while they were at dinner Othello pushed her away and she dropped it. Iago then retrieves the lost handkerchief from Emilia and uses it to convince Othello, along with his other false stories, that Desdemona is an unfaithful wife. Once Iago gets Othello to see that his wife does not have the handkerchief...
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