Iago 's Manipulation And Deception

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Iago’s manipulation and deception clearly therefore derives from his jealousy for Cassio and the sense that he has been betrayed by Othello. So, he seeks vengeance using anyone he can to attain this personal gain. From the beginning, it is clear that Iago is a deceitful man who says “Sblood!” as opposed to Roderigo’s “Tush!”, the audience already see his powers of deception as he explains how he is even worse off than Roderigo. His furious language: “A fellow almost damned in a fair wife” manages to convince the intellectual Roderigo who is presented along with Cassio in contrast to Iago. They are arguably used as foils to emphasise Iago’s deceitful and manipulative traits as shown from the beginning. The reason Iago is manipulative and…show more content…
It manifests how evil Iago is when he goes to inform Brabantio and we know that for Iago this is all a game that he aims to win to receive personal gain. While Roderigo can only manage a polite: “What, ho, Brabantio! Signior Brabantio, ho!” Iago uses animalistic and explicit images of his daughter Desdemona and her new but secret husband Othello: “an old black ram Is tupping your white ewe”, “your daughter and the Moor are making the beast with two backs.” and can imagine Brabantio’s, rejection at Iago’s pervasive language. Iago manages to convince Brabantio and it’s the strength of the language that is an asset to Iago and effective in his manipulation. Iago then leaves the scene because he does not want Othello to know it is he that is starting this whole affair and later blames it on Roderigo. In scene 2 the audience sees Iago and Othello together and Othello’s dominance is clear; Iago admires and respects him and it clearly shows in his speech that is a bit humbling: “I lack iniquity Sometimes to do me service”. We see another side of Iago contrasting his usual self if his deceptive and manipulative character is his real self. We can sense how ironic he is when he says: “he prated, And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms against your honour” (blaming Roderigo) being that it was Iago who informed Brabantio. Here the
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