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The Tragedy is more dependant upon Iago's wickedness than Othello's willingness to be led.

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George Jackson The Tragedy is more dependant upon Iago's wickedness than Othello's willingness to be led In Shakespeare's play "Othello", he conveys sheer wickedness through the character Iago and a certain willingness to be led by Othello. Both the characters have different roles to lead in the play. Iago is an extremely subtle character in the play. Comparing him to an iceberg is an excellent analysis because only a tiny part of his personality is above the surface on view to all. His true self is kept hidden and is only known by himself. He is a mysterious person who works on the inside and keeps his true thoughts to himself in order to conceal his wickedness. He admits to himself that he is two-faced as he says "By Janus I think so". Janus is the God with two faces and Iago swears on him. Also, he even says at the beginning of the play "I am not what I am", admitting that he is two faced. As the play gets underway with scene 1, the situation in Venice is explained as the characters are introduced to the audience. ...read more.


He says "virtue into pitch" to represent the way he turns positive incidents into negative ones and messes with Othello's mind to confuse him. He sustains the black and white imagery as used earlier in the play by saying, "When devils will the blackest sins put on". He also says "And out of her own goodness make the net". He is basically saying here that he is so terrible and that he'll take Desdemona's innocence and use that as a way of distorting the truth to Othello. Some other examples of Iago's wickedness are when he distorts the truth. He is given the handkerchief by Emilia after Iago has asked for it for a very long time. He plants it himself on Michael Cassio, and tells Othello that Desdemona gave it to him as a gift of love. Othello originally gave the handkerchief to Desdemona as a symbol of love. Iago tells this straightforward lie to Othello as an aid to convince him that an affair is happening between Michael Cassio and Desdemona. Iago lies straightaway by making up a foolish story to Othello about a dream that Cassio has. ...read more.


Iago feeds Othello negative incident after negative incident, which starts off a chain reaction in his mind that leads to him turning insane due to his dominated emotions. The saddest thing ever is that Othello trusts Iago blindly and he still thinks that Iago is a friend, which reveals his fragility. The point where Othello starts to lose his mind and turn crazy is when Iago starts to deny his suspicions to dig them deeper. He says "Cassio, my Lord? No, sure I cannot think it". As he turns mad he lets Iago dominate him even more until the end when the extremely tragic scene happens. As Othello commits murder and suffocates Desdemona, his approval rating by the audience soars back up, leaving Othello in a grand light. "Blow me about in winds! Roast me in sulphur!" This tells us that Othello has reflected his actions and looks forward to the punishments of hell. Raving this gives him his status of "tragic hero". I think that the tragedy is more dependant on Iago's wickedness than Othello's willingness to be led because Iago is such a clever, devious character who is a genius. Othello is totally influenced by Iago's power, which in the end pulls him down. ...read more.

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