Iago's tactics

Topics: Othello, Iago, Virtue Pages: 3 (978 words) Published: March 22, 2014

Regarding the moments Iago makes use of various tactics to manipulate different characters; I agree his main technique is to use people’s virtue against them. It can be explained in the following with examples of Iago deceiving Roderigo, Cassio and Desdemona. Firstly, Iago has manipulated Roderigo based on their mutual trust and Roderigo’s faithful affection towards Desdemona. In act I scene 3, Iago manipulated Roderigo’s trust and brainwashing him to give his money to him, which seemed to be a rational thing to do for his own good. When Roderigo asked Iago ‘Wilt thou be fast to my hopes, if I depend on the issue?’ Iago responded by saying ‘Thou art sure of me. Go, make money.’ This directly indicated that Iago manipulated Roderigo’s reliance and belief in him. Repetition of ‘put money in thy purse’ also intensified Roderigo sense of righteousness in following Iago’s advice. From ‘I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him.’ Iago duped Roderigo to his plan by exemplifying their common enemy, Othello. This technique was used based on their manipulating their friendship, which seemingly illustrates that Iago was a helpful and supportive friend who will assist Roderigo to eliminate their common enemy. Furthermore, in Act II scene1, Iago lured Roderigo into his plan by speaking like an adviser who guided him to the right decision for his own good. He strongly emphasized that Desdemona will leave Othello soon and fall into Cassio, suggesting that Roderigo should follow his plan to remove their common enemy, Cassio. Iago acted as if he could foresee the future by illustrating an imagery of Desdemona’s affair. ‘Mark me with what violence she love him still for prating? Let not thy discreet heart think it.’ Iago suggested that Desdemona’s impulsiveness in getting together with Othello has proven that she will leave him one day when their affection is over. By showing this, he altered Roderigo’s...
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