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What drove Iago to become so evil?

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Othello Essay "Othello" is famously regarded as one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It explores the downfall of a great general Othello through a series of unlucky circumstances. Othello's character shows a man of high status whose job, marriage and life is ruined because of his insecurities by a man named Iago. Iago (Othello's ensign) is able to manipulate Othello, Othello's wife Desdemona and his own friend Roderigo (a Venetian gentleman). He uses Desdemona's love of Othello and Roderigo's money with his secret love for Desdemona, to manipulate them towards his own good. He is a psychotic driven to kill, from strangers on a battlefield to his wife in Othello's bedroom. In the end he ends up with loosing everything he ever had, taking everyone else and their lives with him. Othello is the general of an army. He is a characterised as a "moor"; he is seen as being alternately or simultaneously noble or monstrous, civil or savage. We know that he is black. He is the odd one out and is insecure because of his race. Othello was most probably a Muslim originally but there is evidence in the play that he rejected this religion in order to become more accepted in society. ...read more.


He is trying to show the darkness of characters. Also trying to show that the theme of the play was about betrayal. In this very first scene Iago is able to manipulate Roderigo. This tells us that Iago would do anything to try and ruin Othello. He is cunning and devious. Iago is able to swindle Roderigo in to giving Iago his money. Iago is not rich as an ensign. He feels that Roderigo will be useful to do his dirty work. This is shown in the quote, "Put money in thy purse". Iago convinces Roderigo to follow him in the wars and by the end Roderigo will have Desdemona in his hands. Roderigo would take any chance to be with Desdemona so he believes Iago can get her for him. However Iago does not really care on what happens to Roderigo. He knows in the long run Roderigo will never get Desdemona. As long as Iago can make use of him to help hi, that is good enough for him. Only after just one scene many viewers would say that he is the Malcontent - the one who will ruin everything that is good. ...read more.


He uses Othello's handkerchief that was for Desdemona. Iago uses his wife Emilia to help him with his plan. She does not know of why Iago needs this but is too afraid to ask him why. He frames Michael Cassio with the handkerchief, who after being stripped of his ranks by Othello, tries to get Desdemona in to helping him to get his job back by her having a word about it with Othello. Now as soon as Othello finds the handkerchief on Cassio he wants answers from Desdemona straight away. This is the type of insecurity Othello feels after realising he could loose her. Iago asks many questions towards Othello. "Think my lord, O by the heavens echoes men". He delays his tactics but does not allow any breaks, one thing happens and he moves straight on to the next. I have come to the conclusion that Iago, formerly an admirer of Othello, but devastated by being rejected and therefore turning his love to hate. He is a loser and failure, who suffers from an inferiority complex and feels compelled to try and prove himself. Some may call him a megalomaniac, in love with power for its own sake. Personally these main three sentences sum up on what I thought drove Iago to become so evil. Hemant Patel 10HEC Othello Essay Page 1 ...read more.

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