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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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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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remorseless and cruel man with a heart of stone manipulates good natured people into becoming insane. Iago, the puppet master, creates madness throughout the entire novel. He convicted many persuasive scandals in order to satisfy no one but himself. Madness, Manipulation, and Mendacious are some qualities to describe the main antagonist, Iago, in the play “Othello,” by William Shakespeare. Iagos madness plays a very important role in this play, in fact if it weren’t for Iago’s madness and manipulations...

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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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Iago Manipulates

the antagonist Iago manipulates other characters. He makes them act in ways that benefits his plan of destroying Othello by making him believe that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with his lieutenant, Michael Cassio. In the beginning of the play, Roderigo who is in love with Othello’s wife, Desdemona, comes to Iago for help. Iago manipulates Roderigo by promising him Desdemona’s attention and love if he “put money in thy purse,” as Iago says. Roderigo gives money to Iago in the mistaken...

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Iago the Antagonist

Literature May 8th 2012 Iago the Antagonist Usually in any story or a lot of stories there is an antagonist who plays an important role that may sometimes be mischievous or compelling to act against another character or characters. In the play “Othello”, Iago ends up being a very witty antagonist who entraps many characters into his games of winning the love of Desdemona. He works against Othello by attempting to destroy him mentally, since Othello isn’t that wise. As Iago says, “I follow him to...

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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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