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Othello - Iago, victim or villain.

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Tajinder Malhi Iago, victim or villain When you study a play, you need to be able to see it from two different perspectives simultaneously. You need to be able to imagine and experience the text line by line, sharing the thoughts and feelings of the characters as they go through the events of the play, but at the same time you need to look down at the play as a whole and see the patterns of characters and relationships. Iago is a fascinating and complex character whom is to complex to analysis in simple terms. Villains in literature are always a source of scary fun. Shakespeare in Iago has created much more than a villain, Iago is an elaborate character who combines enormous intelligence with an intense impulse to observe others suffering. As we learn of Iago's hatred for Othello, and see his ability to manipulate others. We see that it is his knowledge of others' characters is what gives him his power and are drawn into his appalling plot: " Hell and night Must bring this monstrous birth to the world's light" We see Iago go directly to work Othello, cleverly provoking and playing on his suspicions and making the most of his opportunities. ...read more.


Iago has obligatory to address us at all his plot has gained a life of its own which is both unpredictable and dangerous. Iago is shown to be extremely determined and calculated in his as shown consistently throughout his many soliloquies, "This is the night that either makes me or fordoes me quite". Iago warns us that the outcome of the brawl he is arranging should be beneficial to him whoever is killed. In fact, at last, events turn against him and both Cassio and Roderigo provide evidence against him. When he is finally exposed, he is attacked with his own lethal weapon, words against him dishonest, villain, villainy, knave, Spartan dog, devil and gross he then decides to renounce the same weapon, in retaliation," What you know, you know from this time forth I never will speak word". It is important to remember that Iago is not, finally in control. Just as his plotting depends on his quick thinking and his skill with words, so, in the end, he is at the mercy of events. ...read more.


The character of Iago repulses many people and is the only Shakespearian villain not to doubt himself or his evil deeds. But some readers of Othello interpret it as the tragedy of Iago, a good man bought down by his egotistical nature. Other readers perceive a 'tragedy' to mean a waste, a waste of potential talent and intellectual understanding they see Iago as a man tormented by his soul and ego rather than a man whom tormented others. I see Iago as a extremely clever man whom was bought down by his ego and amoral approach to life he also has a hidden characteristics in his tormented and twisted brain these characteristics are enabled to thrive in Iago's egotistical and supremacy driven soul. He enjoys observing others suffer and to accomplish this desire he uses calculated-jealousy and acts of extreme premeditated attacks. One can see Iago is very determined and two-faced upon his deeds where he appears to be sly and destructive upon carrying the evil deeds out. So, I conclude to my essay that Iago and his evil deeds reign supreme among the numerous Shakespearian villains. ...read more.

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