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Many critics have described Iago as 'evil' Do you think that this is the way Shakespeare presents him?

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Many critics have described Iago as 'evil' Do you think that this is the way Shakespeare presents him? The play 'Othello' was written between 1602 and 1604, soon after Hamlet and not long before King Lear. There are rules of tragedy used by Shakespeare which shows his historic knowledge of Greek tradition as he has used a tragic hero. These are carried out throughout the play right up until the grand finale. The rules of tragedy firstly include a tragic hero Othello is perfect but like all tragic hero's, Othello has one fatal flaw. Othello's fatal flaw is jealousy. There is someone that knows about there weakness and play with it throughout the play for there personal gain. In Othello this specific person is Iago who is a very devious man that plays on Othello's weakness for his own gain and which can lead to a benefit to him and still at the same time can come across to everyone as a really genuine person. Once the tragic hero can stand no more of the interference, his emotions are on an all time high a d doesn't really know what to do for the best, there is nothing more he can do than go down hill. ...read more.

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Put money in your purse.' Then Roderigo replies by saying ' I'll sell all my land' Again we are brought back to the issue who does this actually benefit? We are presented with Iago who says 'Thus do I ever make my fool my purse; for my own gained knowledge should profane if I would time expand with such a snipe but for my sport and profit .' Proving to the reader exactly what we knew about Iago in the first place. That Iago is in it for himself. The reason why Iago sets out to destroy Cassio's life is because Cassio received the job that Iago thought was rightfully his and deserved. The job that Iago wanted so badly was being promoted to Othello's lieutenant. Iago is very envious because of Cassio and also because he got the job that Iago has always wanted. The fact that Cassio is younger than him it just sends his blood to boiling point. Throughout the play Iago manipulates people but by the end the out come is not necessarily the one that Iago had expected and had wanted. Iago is a very strong character but with is not falseful. Iago gets people to think the way he thinks by planting little seeds of doubt and dropping little and subtle hints, he is never straight forward in his use of language that is way to everyone else thinks he is such a nice person. ...read more.

Conclusion

Firstly is the way Iago try's to set up Cassio and attempt to get him killed. I think this because Cassio has done nothing wrong to deserve this bad treatment, yes Cassio got the job that Iago had always wanted but there's trying to get the job you want and there's taking it one step to far in getting him killed for it. Even down to the fact that he tries to tell Othello, not in words as such but in small hints that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona when all along they are just good friends. Another one is the way he uses and abuses Roderigo, because Roderigo is not very bright Iago uses it for his own personal gain to get what he wants out of life. Iago has told Roderigo that Cassio needs to be killed because he can then have a chance with Desdemona when in actual fact that is all lies.But in actual fact Cassio needs to be killed so Iago can get the job of being lieutenant. The last reason is the way he destroys Othello's relationship with Desdemona when they havn't done anything wrong. I think that Shakespeare has created a clever and ambitious man not an evil man because an evil man cannot be cunning. I just think that Iago is too ambitious and gets too involved in himself and his job of his dreams that he could get. Samantha Ambrose. ...read more.

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