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Iago is an excellent representation of the Vice character of drama. Shakespeare

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Iago essay Iago has a great understanding of people and how they will react to different situations and this skill allows him to control the action so neatly that it as if is he himself is the playwright. He has no regard for the thoughts of others and skilfully manipulates those around him to trick them to play a part in a strategy he has so meticulously planned, for example, the brawl scene. But by no means does he carry out his plans regardless of other events; if an opportunity to achieve any of his desires arises then he immediately takes hold of it and uses it to his advantage. Iago is an excellent representation of the Vice character of drama. Shakespeare is brilliant in his transformation of the handsome, fairly two-dimensional rogue in Cinthio's original to the evil egotist who preys on human emotions, a character so deep he could undergo psychological analysis. Indeed is can, and has been said, "Iago is the spirit of negation set against the spirit of creation," Geoffrey Wilson Knight. ...read more.


His self pride and arrogance is apparent in his scorn for the characters around him, shown by his frequent references to animals and his disdain erring obsession for their sexual relationships, "Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys, As salt as wolves in pride" Iago's love of himself leads him to desire everything for himself, the lack of this leads to great jealousy for the characters around him. He is jealous of Cassio for his rank of lieutenant, jealous of Othello for his success and falsely jealous because he believes of Othello that, "twixt my sheets He's done my office," Though there is obviously no truth in this showing his insecurity, the thought of it, "Doth like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards." It could be said that there is a further jealousy hinted at in some interpretations of the play, Iago's jealousy of Desdemona for Othello's love of her. It could be said that Iago has homosexual tendencies, he has virtually no interest in woman, having been a soldier and spent all his life in the company of men. ...read more.


"I'll pour this pestilence into his ear." He has less awareness of what is right and wrong than the other characters though this could be because of desensitisation of his sense of morals or it could be Shakespeare's way of introducing a stereotypical prejudice towards Negroes at the time to a white character. Iago brings about the downfall of several characters, breaks Brabantio's heart with words, poisons Othello's delight, turns Desdemona's virtue to pitch and still feels not the slightest trace of remorse, instead all he feels is pleasure at others pain. Shakespeare's managed to turn Cinthio's "scorned lover" character into an evil, twisted and unfeeling sadist. He is hugely disturbing towards Jacobean audiences of the time for the crooked manipulation and the faults of the human character he personifies. We can all identify certain aspects of his character in varying degrees in out own personalities, hopefully this can lead us to change our ways when we see how wretched this character is, he has an insatiable appetite for suffering and no matter how much he causes, he is still unhappy. ...read more.

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