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What motivates Iago? - The play Othello is set in Venice and written by William Shakespeare. The Elizabethans were not precise in their use of the term 'moor'.

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What motivates Iago? The play Othello is set in Venice and written by William Shakespeare. The Elizabethans were not precise in their use of the term 'moor'. Iago begins the play discontented. He believes that he should have got the job of lieutenant but it goes to an "inexperienced" Michael Cassio. Cassio only knows war from a book, but Iago is cross at Othello for choosing Cassio not him. Iago is a very clever person but with that power, he uses that power for evil acts. This act is, taking revenge on Othello and mentally changes peoples view and the way they think. He never carries out the act but he gets other people to do it. He is motivated by one main cause. This is from within him-self. "I hate the moor, AND it is thought abroad that twist my sheets he has done my office". ...read more.

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Iago want to turn virtue into a pitch. He wants to poison Brabantio. This is Iago's first soliloquy. Iago is arrogant and takes pleasure in showing his manipulative skills. Cassio takes hold of Desdemona's hand just before the arrival of Othello, Iago says, "with a little a web as this will ensure as great a fly as Cassio" his cunning and craftiness make him a frightening character. Iago takes pleasure in addressing the audience. He pretends to be honest. He is able to paint a picture of himself as an honest man. He is only interested in destroying the good. He is a catalyst to bring them down. There is a degree of sadism in Iago. He enjoys controlling and shaping Othello's suffering. He introduces the idea of jealousy to Othello. Iago gets Othello to believe that this is what he is suffering from. ...read more.

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Iago was so arrogant that he over looked his wife and Iago is the opposite of Emila. Iago is brought in as prisoner. Othello looks at his feet for hoves. (Semi-devil) The term "honest Iago" during the play was mentioned 48 times in the play of Othello. Iago uses carefully thought out words and actions, which enable him to manipulate others and do things in a way that benefits him and move closer to his goals. Conclusion: Iago instructs his wife to "get you home". Then he says to his wife you "villainous whore". Then finally he calls her "filth". The language changes in about 10 lines. The language he uses is instructive language in the first quotation, but the language reveals loss of power and his shows the true character of Iago. Iago manages to steal from his own friends without the feeling of guilt. However, someone with a conscience would never be able to keep up with such a play and deceive everyone around him. Othello: Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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