Comparative Paragraph: Othello and Iago
Othello and Iago have several similarities. Although they differ in one way or the other, they still have some things in common. First, Othello and Iago are both jealous and suspicious men. Rumor has it that Othello slept with Iago’s wife (Emilia). This is seen when Iago says, “For that I do suspect the lusty Moor/Hath leap’d into my seat” (2.1.303-304). Othello also suspects Cassio and Desdemona. This is seen when he says, “Think’st thou I’d make a life of jealousy/With fresh suspicions?” Here Othello is suspecting Cassio having a secret relationship with his wife. Othello and Iago are similar because they both get jealous and suspect people for having something with their wives. Also, these two characters are similar because they both don’t treat their wives well. This is seen when Othello calls her names and strikes her. He says “Devil!” (4.1.255) He also asks her, ”Are not you a strumpet?” (4.2.93). Iago also doesn’t care. He says to his wife, “To have a foolish wife” This simply states that Othello and Iago are similar in the sense that they are both rude to their wives. Despite the fact that they have similarities, they still have differences; like the love Othello has for his wife, which Iago does not have for his wife. Thirdly, they both show interest in vengeance. Iago seeks vengeance on Othello, while Othello seeks revenge on Desdemona. Iago’s interest in vengeance is seen when he says to Roderigo about Othello, “I follow him to serve my turn upon him” (1.1.43). Othello also seeks vengeance on Desdemona, this is seen when he says, “Ay, let her rot and perish and be damn’d tonight” (4.1.190). This is so because he feels she has destroyed his honor by cheating on him, therefore he must end her life. Iago wants to revenge on Othello because he promoted Cassio instead of him, so there for he serves Othello so he would finally revenge. In like manner, Othello wants to revenge on Desdemona because she has an affair with Cassio. Thus, Othello and Iago have several things in common even though they may be a foil to each other.