Unfortunately, Othello truly believed that Iago was a faithful friend and because of that Othello gave him all of this trust. Knowing this, Iago completely took advantage of Othello and outwardly displayed the image of the picture perfect friend. However, internally, Iago was seething with hatred toward Othello and Cassio and everyone else for that matter. The hatred mainly goes back to when Othello was to make the descion of who would be his second in command and when Cassio was given that title it drove Iago over the edge so much that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get that position he thought he so rightfully deserved. As life went on, Iago was always at Othello’s side and was always available to manipulate any situation in Othello’s life so that Iago always came out the hero and everyone else the villain. He was especially good at playing with Othello’s emotions when it came to Desdemona. Iago knows that Desdemona is the love of Othello’s life and used his extreme jealousy issues and insecurities about their relationship to his advantage. Like Iago stated in the play,
“ Watch your wife. Watch how she is with Cassio. Just watch- don’t be either completely suspicious or completely... [continues]
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