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Iago Machiavellian In Othello

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Each individual has a potential in accomplishing their goals, but if the individual mistreats or deceives others due to jealousy, hatred, or ambition, they can be perceived as a machiavellian. A machiavellian is an individual whose sole purpose is to manipulate and corrupt others for their own personal gain. In William Shakespeare's Othello, Iago reflects the traits of a machiavellian who manipulates others for his own interest. This is demonstrated through Iago’s willingness to use other’s weaknesses against them, lack of morals and obsession to meet goals. Iago uses other’s shortcomings to get his way and achieve his goal of destroying Othello.
Iago easily exploits other character's strength and weaknesses by taking control and manipulating the individual to his benefit. Iago understands human nature and how to manipulate others. He does this by taking advantage
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Clearly, lying and cheating, for selfish motives, is an immoral act. Iago repeatedly subverts moral norms, replacing them with alternative universals that support his radically profane, materialist, and power-centered perspective (Jacobsen). Moreover, a machiavellian ultimately wants to hold power. Othello is vulnerable to Iago’s pestiferous trickery that manipulates his emotions, corrupting Othello’s ability to judge both what he hears and sees. Iago does not seek to ethically justify his lies, which arouse and improperly direct Othello’s emotions (Beier). Iago’s act of immorality through manipulation lead to the murders of several characters in Othello. There is no instance such that Iago feels guilty for his actions, seeks forgiveness or even goes far to recognize his immoral deeds. Indeed, a machiavellian will go to any extent and dismiss their moral values for personal gain. Iago’s lies are reflected in his plans and schemes, which also lead to the murders in this
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