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Shakespeare's Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex Villains. At first glance Iago's character seems to be pure evil.

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Shakespeare's Iago is one of Shakespeare's most complex Villains. At first glance Iago's character seems to be pure evil. Shakespeare to add depth to his villain makes him Amoral, as opposed to the typical immoral villain. Iago's entire Scheme begins when the "ignorant, ill-suited" Cassio is given the Position he desired. Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the Position he feels he most justly deserves. Throughout Othello Iago is seen to be scheming something. As the story unfolds, we see that Iago manipulates the people around him, by helping them in hope and confidence to achieve the success of his plans to bring down Cassio and use all efforts to make himself Lieutenant. The first person that we can see Iago uses is Rodrigo. At the start of the play, we see two characters, Iago and Rodrigo talking about something outside Brabantio's house. Rodrigo's love for Brabantio's daughter, Desdemona is unrequited and because of this love, Iago persuades Rodrigo to tell Brabantio, that his very own daughter has secretly married the moor, the hero of the play, Othello. ...read more.


Iago is having a go at Rodrigo yet his words aren't really understood by Rodrigo clearly and to cover this up, Iago gives further advice to Rodrigo that would again please his thoughts. Another character that Iago seems to manipulate by building their self-esteem was Cassio. When Cassio was stripped of his position, he felt very down and likewise, he lost his sense of dignity because his reputation was damage and this concept was an important element in Cassio's social life. Certainly Cassio wanted to regain his position as Lieutenant, and immediately after the incident, where he stabbed Montano, Iago came up to him and told him what he must do in order to be second-in-charge once again. Iago's words were, "...Confess yourself freely to her importune her help to put you in your place again..." (Act 2 scene 3. 320). This meant that Cassio was to seek the help of Desdemona for if he wanted to get his place again, then the most effective way was to let Desdemona speak on behalf of Cassio. ...read more.


l.208) were the words of Othello when he heard of this advice and it please him very well. It was also at this these moments that Iago was appointed the new Lieutenant, thus fulfilling his goals. Through these actions, it is clear to be seen that Iago deliberately wants to remove Cassio permanently. He made Othello hate him and using the hatred that lurked within Othello's heart, he advised Othello to kill Cassio for this was the way that he could get revenge and live as a man. It was through this that Iago was able to manipulate Othello in killing Cassio for him. Eventually, when the whole story was unveiled, Othello was caught to be a murderer and it meant the sacking of him as Lieutenant. This was how Iago brought about the diminishing of Othello's life and self-confidence. Iago brought all these mishaps through his control of the actions of those around him. In this way, he gave them hope and led them in a direction to resolve their personal problems, and in some cases, destroyed the confidence they had gained with the outcomes of the events, in which it was just to fulfill and satisfy his desires. ...read more.

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