Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello Essay

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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello

Iago has a great understanding of people and how they will react to different situations and this skill allows him to control the action so neatly that it as if is he himself is the playwright. He has no regard for the thoughts of others and skilfully manipulates those around him to trick them to play a part in a strategy he has so meticulously planned, for example, the brawl scene. But by no means does he carry out his plans regardless of other events; if an opportunity to achieve any of his desires arises then he immediately takes hold of it and uses it to his advantage.

Iago is an excellent representation of the Vice character of drama. Shakespeare is
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These motives lead him to hate the other characters so much as to gain a sadistic pleasure at their misfortune.

Everybody is slightly egotist, it is (a bad?) part of human nature, each of us is our favourite subject, however, Iago's sense of egotism is grossly inflamed. He cares about nobody but himself and even his wife, who he should at least have a little love for is treated with sexist disdain. He is cloaked in lies and deceit and all his relationships with people result in his gain, and usually their loss. His acting is so skilful and convincing that even his wife doesn't truly know him and Othello and Cassio refer to him as "honest Iago", ironically far from his real character. His self pride and arrogance is apparent in his scorn for the characters around him, shown by his frequent references to animals and his disdain erring obsession for their sexual relationships,

"Were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys,

As salt as wolves in pride"

Iago's love of himself leads him to desire everything for himself, the lack of this leads to great jealousy for the characters around him. He is jealous of Cassio for his rank of lieutenant, jealous of Othello for his success and falsely
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