Iago, the Villian
The play Othello, by William Shakespeare, resolves around Othello and his underlings Cassio and Iago. During the play, one of Othello’s subordinates, Iago, develops a very deep rooted jealousy toward a man named Cassio and his commander Othello. Iago seeks out the weaknesses of other characters in the play to get what he wants. Shakespeare unveils that even though Iago is a very intelligent character, he is to blame for the disaster that takes place throughout the story. Iago is a very bold and crafty character. He uses his intellect to manipulate anyone who may interfere with his quest to become a leader. He destroys and conquers anything or anyone that gets in his way. Iago is quick to seize the opportunity to influence Roderigo when he realizes that Roderigo is in love with Desdemona. Roderigo shares his feelings with Iago as he wonders if he will get Desdemona or not. Roderigo states this worries to Iago when he says, “What will I do, thinkest thou” (Act 1, Scene 3, pg.18). Iago uses Roderigo’s feelings to plot against his fellow nemesis, Cassio, by instructing Roderigo to taunt Cassio after he has a few drinks which results in a brawl that leaves a very high ranking official Montano wounded. Iago is quick to influence Montano by telling him that Cassio is a drunk as he says, “Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep:He’ll watch the horologe a double set,if drink rock not his cradle.” (Act 2, Scene 3, pg.32).
Iago’s never-ending manipulation also results in Roderigo’s death. Roderigo is convinced that the only way of gaining Desdemona’s love is by showering her with gifts and killing Cassio. Roderigo fights with Cassio, but the battle does not go as planned, leaving Roderigo wounded. When Iago discovers that roderigo is wounded by Cassio, he feels that Roderigo may unveil his plot, so he betrays Roderigo by killing him with his own sword.
Cassio also falls victim to Iago’s manipulation and...
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