Iago As A Psychopath In Othello

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You have heard that a psychopath has a hard time understanding a person’s emotions. Well, it is true. A psychopath is also conning, manipulative, has superficial charm, grandiose self worth, and poor behavioral self worth. I have read Othello, by Shakespeare, and I believe Iago is a psychopath. There is proof he has a lack of remorse and guilt. Although Shakespeare has never stated that Iago is a psychopath, quotes and evidence lead to him being one. I have also read articles with important information, and evidence that shows how Iago acts like a psychopath. Shakespeare has never stated that Iago is a psychopath. I believe the reason why is because Shakespeare felt like he did not need to say it and rather implied it. Iago’s lack of compassion …show more content…
‘Tis here, but yet confused: / Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.” (Shakespeare.2.2.304-8). Iago is telling a soliloquy and states that he will keep his reputation of being honest and kind, but will slowly drive the Moor insane. Then his final line is that evil’s plain face is not seen until it is done. I believe that the quote describes Iago well and exhibits how Iago is a psychopath. Tto prove that Iago is a psychopath, I will need to know what a psychopath is. So, I have read articles and I have come to the conclusion that Iago is a psychopath. Iago is manipulative and thinks he is more important and superior than everyone else. The first article I have read, “I’m O.K., You’re a Psychopath” by Paul Bloom, states that a psychopath “[has] an enhanced sense of their own importance” (Bloom). A psychopath will think of only themselves and will use others, but will not think or care about how they feel. They will think that they are superior to everyone else. Iago proves his enhanced self-importance when he says, “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse; / For I mine own gained knowledge should

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