Hello, and good morning.I’m the director for a new, modern day adaptation of the Shakespearean play, Othello. Or as some may suggest should be called ”Iago“ as Iago is the central villain. This morning I would like to give you some direction regarding the character Iago and how I am going to portray him. Iago is a bitter man. Consumed by jealousy, he is driven to scheme and manipulate the other characters to bring the downfall of Othello but doesn’t care who gets hurt on the way. When we think of Iago we can imagine some of the other notorious modern day villains that we are familiar with such as, The Joker from Batman, Wormtail from Harry Potter and one of Shakespeare’s other notorious villains Cassius from Julius Caesar. Iago portrayed in this production displays a light and honest exterior likeable to the other characters which allows him to manipulate them and make them believe he is honestly trying to help them. He says "When devils will the blackest sins put on they do suggest at first with heavenly shows." Iago is saying just before he commits his sins he puts on his most heavenly face. Iago also prays on Roderigo’s love for Desdemona and his jealousy of her Marriage to Othello to use Roderigo as an unsuspecting accessory to his evil plans to destroy Cassio and Othello. This is displayed in act 1 scene III where Iago is speaking to Roderigo. Iago “Go make money. I have told you often and will re-tell thee again and again I hate the Moor.” Iago is encouraging Roderigo as a friend and co-conspirator to assist in the downfall of Othello. Roderigo will provide the money and complete the actions required to help Iago achieve his goal. Iago is a very dark and evil character with no loyalty to anyone even his own wife Emilia who ultimately he will murder to try and save himself from been discovered as a master of deception. Iago is jealous of Othello’s position of power, he’s jealous that Cassio was promoted over him, jealous because of...
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