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My essay is about the defencies in Iago's character. Iago William Shakespeare, the greatest writer of all times, portrays a fictional tragedy in the novel Othello

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James Campbell ?June 12, 2002 English My essay is about the defencies in Iago's character. Iago William Shakespeare, the greatest writer of all times, portrays a fictional tragedy in the novel Othello when the truth about the characters prevails. Shakespeare's unique style of perceptive writing has been superior enough to override all existing writers, especially when he depicts an essence of the 16th century lifestyle. During that period, reputation, respect, and honesty were highly valued more than any other aspects. Iago, the villainous protagonist, manages to show that these values are of negligible importance to him when his perfidy towards characters that trust him is evident. He is simply motiveless for all the actions he undertakes, showing that the real devil lies within him. All Shakespeare's characters, ranging from the purest sinless characters to the wicked evil ones, have been directed to a catastrophic fate. Iago's horrific destiny has been shown to be a well-deserved one since his sinful traits have led to the end of numerous characters. Iago's heinous devil-like characteristics that facilitate the reason for his agonizing fate are jealousy, revenge, and miscommunication with harmless characters. Iago's evident growing jealousy embarks from the beginning of the play. Othello, the captain of many battles, has chosen Cassio - his best friend - over Iago to be his lieutenant. ...read more.

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He is bitter and upset and wants to hurt Othello and avenge his name.2 His revenge on Othello is to destroy his relationship with Desdemona, since he knows how much Othello loves and trusts her. This is proven when Othello says, "My life upon her faith" (pg 43). He has so much faith in her that he is willing to give up his life if she is disloyal to him. Iago knows that breaking the invisible bond of trust between Othello and his wife is the worst revenge, since it turns Othello into a soft and weak motionless cripple. "...Yet that I put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure" (pg 73). When Iago plants seeds of jealousy within Othello, Othello begins to doubt Desdemona. Iago, being the barrier of all lies, convinces Othello completely that Desdemona is unfaithful, by claiming that she has given Cassio a handkerchief that Othello holds great importance of. "To lose't [handkerchief] or give't away were such perdition as nothing else could match" (pg147). Iago notices that Othello is having second thoughts about his wife's faithfulness, so he tells him to make his suspicions grow, "O, beware my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on. ...read more.

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Even Iago mocks himself for being misapprehended as an honest man in the eyes of the characters, but is happy to see them gullible. "But I'll set down the pegs that make this music, as honest as I am" (pg 67). His priority throughout the novel is his personal interest. Therefore, he is extremely selfish. His selfishness causes the formation of a dangerous characteristic; a lying nature naturally. All these deficiencies in Iago's character leads to his sorrow fate of exposing the true villain of the play and source of communication. His vicious villain-like character that hides obscurely behind opulent lies is perceptively revealed when the truth prevails. Iago's flaws are so egregious that death is a sweet option for him to be punished, so he lives with his fine reputation being effaced entirely. Iago's destiny embarks him on a journey of endless suffering due to his hazardous jealousy, revenge on others, and miscommunication for his personal satisfaction. From Iago's character, readers can derive many themes, but importantly portrayed is how looks can be deceiving. Shakespeare's consistent trend of tragic endings has left the readers sobbing in tears. The reason for preserving these disastrous conclusions in all his novels is to show how much evil exists in the world. Shakespeare's Othello leaves the readers well acknowledged of life in the 16th century. 1 http://www.bookrags.com/notes/oth/TOP1.htm 2 http://www.bookrags.com/notes/oth/TOP3.htm#2 ...read more.

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