Essay on Iago: Daemonized or Demonized?

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In Shakespeare’s Othello, the evil Iago pretends to befriend Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own selfish needs––revenge! As we will learn, Iago has a great 
gift for manipulation, lies and deceit. Iago, whether directly or indirectly is responsible for 
many tragedies. In the writings of Hesoid, Hesoid discusses the nine Muses. One such muse 
was Melpomene, the goddess of music, song and dance. In Classical times, when the Muses 
were assigned specific artistic and literary abilities, Melpomene was named muse of tragedy. Iago and Melpomene share many tragic moments, albeit not their own moments, Othello and Desdemona’s tragic moments. Iago is daemonized by Melpomene. Iago is an artist of tragic evil. The same way that some…show more content…
The Moor is open and honest and he thinks many a man is honest. He will be easy to manipulate. So it’s decided. I’ve worked it out. With a little help from my muse, I’ll bring this evil plan to success. Iago sets into motion a set of events that gets Othello thinking about Desdemona’s loyalty, and if she has been unfaithful. It all starts with Cassio, Desdemona, and Emilia in the castle garden. Desdemona is talking to poor distraught Cassio about losing his job and falling into the bad graces of Othello. Desdemona promises to help Cassio, at almost any cost. Emilia alerts them to Othello and Iago’s presence, and Cassio runs away in shame. Othello thinks nothing of the encounter, but Iago insinuates that it was an odd thing that Cassio would run away like that. Listen to what Iago says to Othello, “Cassio, my Lord! No, sure, I cannot think of it, / That he would steal away so guilty-like, / Seeing you coming” (Shakespeare 42). Desdemona sees Othello and starts to plead a case for Cassio’s return. Desdemona pleads Cassio’s case so intently, that it arouses suspicions in Othello. Suspicions Iago has placed cleverly in Othello’s head. Much credit must be given to Iago's diabolical prowess, which enables him to bend and twist the supple minds of his friends, and loved ones. Iago goes on to feed the flames of Othello’s jealousy by saying, “She did deceive her father, marrying you; / And when she seem'd to shake and fear your looks / She lov'd them

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