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Why does Iago destroy the other characters in the play?

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Raheel Idrees 11da Why does Iago destroy the other characters in the play? Iago has many motives for destroying the other characters in the play. One of these is jealousy. Iago is jealous of Othello, Desdemona, Cassio and even his own wife, Emilia. He is jealous of Othello for many reasons. Iago wants the power and the respect that Othello has. We see this in Act 2 scene 1 where Iago says 'the moor- howbeit I endure him not- is of a constant, loving, noble nature' which hints that he wants what Othello has as they are both opposites and these attributes may be the ones he will need to gain power. Iago is jealous of Othello's marriage with the senator's daughter as it gives Othello even more power and an attractive wife- he envies Othello for his wife as he states 'I do love her too' which suggest that Iago may have feelings towards Desdemona making him more jealous of what Othello has. Also Iago is crude and racist and always calls Othello the 'moor' which is a racist term. This could be the reason for his jealousy as he finds the fact that Othello is above him quite unnatural. ...read more.


Iago hates Desdemona for her friendships with Cassio and Emilia as he believes he has no one. Iago hates Cassio as well. Cassio took the job which Iago believes should have been his, and, just as before, when I referred to his jealousy of Cassio getting the job, we can also notice hatred in Iago's voice when he puts Cassio down as a soldier. Also Cassio's close relationship with Desdemona and his success with women- i.e. his femininity, cause hatred for him in Iago. This is shown when Iago proclaims 'he'll be as full of quarrel and offence as my young mistress' dog' which portrays how much Iago loathes Cassio's feminine inability. Iago also hates Roderigo as he is useless and pathetic- referring to him as 'the poor trash of Venice' and the 'fool' from whom he takes money. He considers the whole of humanity base animals- succumbing to their feelings (for example the sexual feelings Othello has for Desdemona) - saying it is the 'blood and baseness of our nature' -he hates the whole human race. This is also shown when he refers to some of the characters in the play as animals- for example when he calls Cassio and Desdemona 'hot monkeys' making them sound primitive and barbaric. ...read more.


These are what we think Iago's motives could be. We will never actually know because, when he is questioned at the end, about why he did what he did, he replies 'Demand me nothing; what you know, you know: From this time forth I never will speak word' which is quite unnerving. He has done what he wanted- he has destroyed the other characters (apart from Cassio) with his words and need not use them anymore. We are left to make our own minds up about why Iago did it. There are hints here and there but still we do not know him well enough to conclude what his reasons were from the evidence we receive throughout the play. We cannot even be sure that Iago was telling us his true thoughts in his soliloquies about Othello and Cassio having slept with Emilia. May be he is motiveless: he just invents reasons to be bad. We do not hear of the affair situation anywhere outside Iagos soliloquies. He does say himself 'I am not what I am' so does this not mean that anything he seems to be he is not and everything he says is a lie. I believe that Iago is the character with the most depth that I have ever encountered- so much depth that it becomes almost impossible to analyse him. ...read more.

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