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Iago is an evil manipulator?

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Iago is an evil manipulator? I strongly agree with this statement that Iago is an evil manipulator, not only by words but also by hypnotism. He is in my mind one of the most evil characters ever written in one of Shakespeare's plays. Cunning an conniving Iago uses the other characters' weak points for his strength or as he said in his first soliloquy in Act I.III "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse; For I mine own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snipe But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor..."lines 365-368 In his first soliloquy he gives part of what he plans to do and pours out his heart for what he feels for Othello. Iago has a swift kind of language that is hypnotic in speech. ...read more.


Iago and Lady Macbeth have many similarities in each other's characteristics; Iago uses peoples' weaknesses to his advantage no matter what the consequence leads to. Lady Macbeth knows that her husband Macbeth is not a killer and that he has his morals and decides to disband this from her mind and uses manipulative talk to change that thought in his mind. She persuades him that it is morally right to murder his King Duncan if it makes him King and her Queen, which pays off in the end. Both characters have no conscience or morality over what is right or wrong, they are too trapped in their own little world of ambition, which we all know is hard to get out of. That is also another key feature and theme for both characters; ambition and jealousy take control over their morality and so have no sense what is really going on around them or what consequences of their actions have lead to. ...read more.


Only the audience know how deceitful he really is and what he plans to do next which is revealed in his soliloquies especially in Act I.III: "...He's done my office. I know not if't be true Yet I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety. He holds me well: The better shall my purpose work on him. Cassio's a proper man: let me see now; To get his place and plume up my will In double knavery. How? How? Let's see. After some time, to abuse Othello's ear That he is too familiar with his wife..." lines 370-378 and so on We can see from this part of the soliloquy that he definitely has some psychotic problems. He knows that even if it isn't true that Othello had an affair with his wife, it is even more the benefit to him and his plan that he should believe it. This would give Iago another reason to ruin Othello. ...read more.

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