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Throughout Othello, the devil-reincarnated Iago is seen to be scheming something. As the story unfolds, we see that Iago manipulates the people around him, by helping them in hope and confidence to achieve the success of his plans to bring down Cassio and use all efforts to make himself Lieutenant.

The first person that we can see Iago uses is Rodrigo. At the start of the play, we see two characters, Iago and Rodrigo talking about something outside Brabantio’s house. Rodrigo’s love for Brabantio’s daughter, Desdemona is unrequited and because of this love, Iago persuades Rodrigo to tell Brabantio, that his very own daughter has secretly married the moor, the hero of the play, Othello. In this way, we can see how Iago uses Rodrigo to incite trouble between Brabantio and Othello. On another occasion, Rodrigo was told by Iago to start a fight with Cassio while he was drunk and when Montano, governor of Cyprus stepped in to resolve the fight, Cassio lost control and stabbed Montano. This caused the stripping of Cassio from his position as lieutenant. Rodrigo is a naïve person, and he likes to hear things that make it sound as if it would satisfy him. Knowing that he couldn’t marry Desdemona because her father didn’t want Rodrigo to be his son-in-law, he kept persisting in doing so. Iago knew that if he said a few right words, he would be able to make Rodrigo trustworthy of him and he did this by advising Rodrigo to do things that would eliminate those whom Desdemona loved. Iago said that she was only loving them for the time being and that her love for these other people, meaning Othello and even Cassio would not last for eternity and eventually, she will return to Rodrigo. Rodrigo was overwhelmed with this idea and the joy it brought and so, he carried out all of Iago’s advice, believing that his ‘friend’ was doing him good. In this way, it is clear that Iago uses Rodrigo in a way that made Rodrigo have hope in himself in persisting to capture Desdemona’s heart

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