Iago’s deception incites great chaos and confusion within his game, as his corrupt principles and lack of legitimate moral methods, give rise to the various betrayals he commits throughout the play. Act 3 features the way that Iago taunts Othello with fears half-formed and preys upon the jealousy he knows Othello already suffers from regarding Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. Iago never names his fears, but the way in which he raises his concerns causes Othello to think the worst. Such a subtle approach towards Othello is Iago’s doorway which allows Othello to play right into his hands. Iago, because of his “love” for Othello and the confidence that he possesses is able to “abuse Othello’s ear” and as a result puts him a position to see what Iago wants him to see, oblivious to his manipulation.
Iago’s deceitful nature plays upon the fundamental weaknesses of Othello and is used to highlight as well as expose Othello’s barbaric side. His carefully calculated hints of infidelity and echoing “Honest, my lord?” and “Think, my lord” continues the undoing of Othello’s security; making him vulnerable through this manipulation. Through line “Villan, be sure thou prove my love a whore; Be sure of it. Give me the ocular proof;” the reader can clearly see the inner self of Othello that is in a desire of proof against Desdemona and the trace of Othello’s