In Othello, many characters take various actions that might strike the audience as disturbing or odd. Iago is one of the main characters who continually takes stunning actions. In this paper I plan to demonstrate the psychoanalytic approach by analyzing Iago and trying to explain why he might have made some of the actions that he did. I also plan on discussing possible motives for his actions.
Iago is a main character who continuously acts on other characters throughout the play. He could be viewed as a "master-manipulator." He continuously tries to make people believe what he wants them to believe. He will make up lies and twist stories for
reasons that sometimes are hard to figure out. Using the Freudian concepts of the conscious and the unconscious I will analyze Iago's behavior thought the play.
According the Freud, "The unconscious contains all those drives, urges, or instincts that are beyond our awareness but that nevertheless motivate most of our words, feelings, and actions" (Feist 23). Unconsciously, Iago may be...