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Othello Essay- Iago's Motives.

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Othello Essay- Iago's Motives Othello (by William Shakespeare) is a tragic story, the play is based on the theory that love is meaningless unless the physical attraction is partnered with trust. It also questions some factors of human nature; the inconsistency of judging intentions plays a crucial part in the downfall of the lead character with whom the title of the play is shared. Iago is the proprietor of the carnage, he oversees the destruction of five characters (Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, Emelia and Rodrigo) and controls their views on each other. He deems the lives of the aforementioned characters as insignificant, and treats them like pawns to meet his own ends. Throughout the play his motives remain shadowy, some of his reasons seem preposterous, classed as excuses for his actions. ...read more.


From this, the audience gets the first glimpse of Iago's inner-workings and his insecurities. Iago sees himself to be a surrogate of a man. Through his corrupt insight into what goes on around him, Iago believes that Cassio (whom he also later claims had sex with his wife) and Othello attract attention from the opposite sex which he himself does not receive. Cassio is of a type which easily woo woman and is good looking, whilst Othello's power and reputation make him seem attractive. Iago's jealousy leads him to lose his sense of trust. This trait leads him to believe that certain innocent actions of other characters are in a way mocking him. He thought that in this way Cassio and Othello were trying to signify that he was impotent. ...read more.


He ends the soliloquy with a metaphor of his plan being a 'monstrous birth'. Association can be made with Iago's talk about hell and his use of words in the last couplet with his speech near the ending of the play, 'You know what you know, from this time forth I will not speak a word'. He is then asked by Lodovico, 'what not to pray?'. This shows a certain evilness in him, as Christianity was widely practised in the time Othello was set. The whispers he corrupted Othello's mind with and the way he manipulated the deeds of others to cause death attribute him with characteristics of Satan. This leads to the point that there may have been no motive for Iago's actions, he revelled in destroying the lives of others, and believed himself to be of a higher intelligence with a quicker wit than anyone else. ...read more.

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