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Othello - Iago is an evil manipulator.

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Introduction

Iago is an evil manipulator The statement 'Iago is an evil manipulator in my opinion is true. I see Iago as psychologically astute, deceiving and a misanthrope. His sadistic character hurts everyone in a web of deceit. Iago is Shakespeare's most plausible and intriguing villains. The main themes in this play are appearance and reality, love, hate and jealousy. I intend to focus on Iago and see how his character changes and how his plan unfolds in scenes Act 1 scene 3, act 2 scene 3 and act 3 scenes 3 and 4. At the end of Act 1 scene 3, we are aware of Iago's jealousy of Othello and he reveals his scheme to destroy him as his envious ways lead him to manipulation. 'I hate the moor, and it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets he's done in my office. I know not if't be true yet I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety.' (Lines 69-72) 'After some time, to abuse Othello's ear that he is too familiar with his wife...' (Lines 77-78) This is all shown in a soliloquy. ...read more.

Middle

The quotes 'I protest, in the sincerity of love and honest kindness' (Iago line 297) and 'Good night, honest Iago.' (Cassio line 303) shows dramatic irony. The soliloquy at the end of this scene creates atmosphere. It allows us to see into Iago's mind and we see just how evil he really is as he spells out his plans to lie to Othello about Desdemona and Cassio. He knows that Desdemona pleading to Othello about reinstating Cassio is going to make this lie more believable. Act 3 Scene 3 is a key scene of this play; it is the 'temptation scene'. We see Othello's character develop to a monster full of passionate jealousy and hatred towards his wife Desdemona as Iago plants the seeds of doubt. The scene starts with Michael Cassio talking to Desdemona because Othello dismisses him as his lieutenant and he fears that there is no chance he will get his job back. When Othello walks in and sees his wife talking to Cassio, Iago says: 'Ha! ...read more.

Conclusion

What Iago has implied seems to be make Othello distraught and he is now full of rage and jealousy. As Iago's suggestions get stronger so does Othello's suspicion and hatred. Iago's mixing truth with lies makes what he is saying plausible. We see that Iago's plan has worked as Othello starts to hate his wife: 'I'll tear her all to pieces!' (Line 433) 'Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her, damn her!' (Line 476) From line 443 Othello is gullible enough to accept that his wife is having an affair when Iago lies about Cassio having Desdemona's handkerchief. '...Now art thou my lieutenant' (Line 479) Othello has now given Iago the job he wanted. Although Iago was getting back at both Othello and Cassio because he didn't get the job of lieutenant; he has the job now and yet Iago still seems to torture Othello. He is has a very sadistic attitude. He tortures Othello mentally by slyly making comments and suggestions but snatching his comments back, to make Othello more curious. 'Ha! I like not that.' 'What dost thou say?' 'Nothing, my lord; or if - I know not what.' (Lines 34-36) Annetoni James 11I ...read more.

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