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Who is Iago? Iago poisons people's thoughts, creating ideas in their heads without implicating himself. His first victim is Roderigo. Roderigo remarks, "That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine." [Act I, Scene I, Line 2] Throughout the play, Iago leads Roderigo, professing that ". . . I do hate [the Moor] as I do Hell pains." [Act I, Scene I, Line 152] He tells Roderigo to "Put money in thy purse" [Act I, Scene III, Line 328] so that he can win Desdemona with gifts. Iago...

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Iago is one of the main characters in the play Othello. His personality consists of being the personification of the moral behavior. Shakespeare goes a lot deeper than that, he gives Iago this colour that makes him more than just a stock character. Iago gains complexity throughout the play through having multiple motives, his ability to manipulate others and being generally just unsympathetic. Shakespeare shows us exactly what kind of person Iago is right from the beginning of the play. The reader/spectator...

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IAGO: a cold-hearted villain capable of manipulating anyone to get what he wants. William Shakespeare, born: 1564 died: 1616, is considered one of the greatest writers who has ever lived. He had a unique way of putting things into words. All of his plays, sonnets, and poems have gotten great recognition. But when Shakespeare wrote Othello he created one of the most controversial villains of all times; Iago. He is best described as disturbing, ruthless, and amoral. No other character can even...

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Iago Analysis

Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago makes the perfect villain. With careful analysis, Iagos soliloquies let us know the hidden parts of him that none of the other characters know; he lets one into his mind, reveling his twisted thoughts and plans to ruin Othello’s life. Without the villainous role of Iago, Othello would not be the tragedy it is today, and instead just an empty romance without any conflict. However, with deeper analysis, some may feel a slight sympathy for Iago. Iago's jealousy and...

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Iago - The Antagonist

antagonistic character Iago, who through his manipulative and hypocritical qualities satisfied his insatiable desire for revenge, and showed his constant deception of the entire cast. Iago is incredibly manipulative. He seems to be aware of how those around him will act and react to certain events. Iago is a smart man who knows that he has to plan ahead in order to get to where he wants to be. He is jealous of Cassio's position and is determined to manipulate his way into it. Though Iago does not hate Cassio...

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Evil Is Iago

Evil is Iago Shakespeare’s Othello, concludes with arguably one of the most tragic endings to a play anyone has ever written. In this final scene, the deceptive Iago is revealed as the villain responsible for Othello’s desperate act. Although Iago’s deceptive persona is finally unveiled here, he refuses to offer any justification for his evil deeds. Despite Othello’s demand for an explanation, and treats of torture, Iago maintains an immovable silence. Like Lodovico, audiences and critics alike...

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Characterization of Iago

The character of Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello is unique in the fact that he has no conscience. Iago is the prime example of being a villain, as he lives only to serve himself and has absolute disdain and unconcern for the welfare of others. While what Shakespeare says about the ideal of man is that it is in man’s nature to yearn toward Heaven and to pursue the Good; Iago is unique among his villains because he has no operating conscience. The main characteristics of Iago are that he is selfish...

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Character of Iago

of the rather enigmatic yet definitely Machiavellian, character of Iago. Shakespeare reveals him to be a cunning and conniving exploiter and manipulator of other characters who become caught in his web of lies, deceit and evil schemes. Iago is forever the cold, calculating pragmatist who is cynical about anything associated with goodness, such as love, virtue, reputation and honour. Iago constantly plays the role of ‘honest Iago’, which is shown by Shakespeare’s constant dramatically ironic use...

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Iago the Villain

Iago the villain William Shakespeare, in his play, "Othello the Moor of Venice", brings to life one of his most complex villains, Iago. Iago plays the ancient of Othello, who is the general of the Venetian forces. As an ancient, Iago is to be a loyal servant to Othello. However, Iago has grown bitter and contempt and uses his supposed loyalty as a wedge to cause Othello's demise. It has been said of Iago that he is the devil incarnate or that he personifies the devil (pg. 244) this accusation...

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Othello - Iago

Iago demands the audience's complicity we cannot help being fascinated by him In Shakespeare's Othello, the character of Iago is constructed to demand the audience's complicity despite the corrupt nature of his actions. an Elizabethan audience may have responded in a negative fashion to Iago's manipulative behaviour but in contrast with this, the post Freudian audience would be fascinated by the psychological aspect of his character. Iago is undoubtedly the most psychologically intriguing character...

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