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Character Analysis Of Iago

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Olivia Culp Mrs. Long-Goldberg Literature and Composition Honors X November 2017 Insert Cool Title Here To insert a modern day psychologist into the world of Othello would be extremely interesting, and potentially amusing. The psychologist would probably being appalled that the people in power were so mentally compromised. The doctor would be most drawn to Iago. His eccentricity and borderline sociopathy is enough to draw the eye of any trained professional. Iago would quickly be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. There is an extremely long list of traits that Iago has that prove this disorder is something he has, with the main trait being manipulation. Throughout the entire play Iago is seen as the master of manipulation…show more content…
For example, when referring to his own plans on how to manipulate Othello, Iago says, “In following him I follow but myself.” (Shakespeare 1.1.64). This is instantly relatable to the criterion of Antisocial personality disorder that states, “...deceit and manipulation are central features of an antisocial personality disorder” (DSM 659). This is one example of many others when it comes to Iago’s borderline psychopathy. The first criterion that Iago must meet is, “Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure” (DSM 660). Throughout the play there are countless instances that fully showcase Iago’s manipulative capabilities. For example, when convincing Othello that Desdemona has given Cassio her handkerchief, he says, “And to see how he prizes the foolish woman your wife! She gave it to him, and he hath giv’n it his whore.”(Shakespeare 4.1. 196-198). It is these exact words that lead Othello to his jealous murder of Desdemona which leads to large amounts of death and destruction towards the end of the play. The DSM elaborates on this criterion by describing the person in question as “frequently deceitful and manipulative in order to gain personal profit or pleasure” (DSM 660). This is consistent with Iago’s character as well, seeing as how his agenda against
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