Iago has many reasons to be Jealous of Michael Cassio, he is described as the perfect soldier throughout the book, and not only is Iago furious that Cassio was promoted to lieutenant first, but Iago suspects him, as well as Othello, of having an affair with his wife,
In Othello, William Shakespeare portrays how Othello is a highly respected figure in Venetian society, but that the racially prejudiced reality he faces threatens to unmask his deepest insecurities. Iago despises Othello due to how he has vastly excelled him in military rank. He desires to reduce Othello’s glittering reputation and love life to dust. He is keenly aware of how Othello has always felt different than everyone else in Venice due to his African background. Othello believes that his relationship with Desdemona will finally allow him to escape his insecurities. However, Iago uses Othello’s greatest strength against him as he allows his love for Desdemona to become his greatest weakness. Iago’s racial prejudice leads him to manipulate
Two individuals may be the best of friends but when one individual is taken in by jealousy over the other he or she will do anything in his or her power to ruin the other individual’s life; this is where the dilemma arises. William Shakespeare, the playwright of Othello portrays
Othello's Relationship with Iago From Hamlet, an ideal prince, and other essays in Shakesperean interpretation: Hamlet; Merchant of Venice; Othello; King Lear by Alexander W. Crawford. Boston R.G. Badger, 1916. The first scene of Othello presents a conversation between Roderigo, the disappointed suitor of Desdemona, and Iago, concerning incidents of which Othello
From the beginning of the play, Iago is left in displeasure since he was incapable of achieving his endeavour to wind up as a lieutenant and his physical appearance, both in which Cassio has a critical contribution. In any case, what makes Iago desirous to a great degree is the way that Othello elevates
Iago has a fixed mindset. He is a character filled with negativity and holds negative views on Othello that never change, along with his misogynistic views on women. Iago does not make any attempts to try and change his thoughts on Othello, he rather focuses on destroying him. Carol Dweck's expresses that “everyone can change and grow through application and experience.” Iago does not change once seeing Othello’s kind brave nature. (page 52) To further explain Iago responds to Othello's confidence in his honesty, valor, and his future wife by stating “By Janus I think no.”( 1.2,31) He doubts Othello’s confidence and is ready to give up. Iago is supposed to be Othello's trusted adviser, yet he displayed signs of doubt, and hatred towards the man he served. While Iago hates Othello, he also hates Othello’s lieutenant Michael Cassio who was promoted to lieutenant rather than himself. Moreover, Iago was not promoted to be Othello’s lieutenant probably because he gave up too soon, and he hated Cassio for his success. People with a growth mindset celebrate others successes, Iago looks at Cassio’s success as a chance to prove how unfit he is for the
Iago does not follow his own advice because he uses his anger towards Othello for putting Iago third in command as well as Cassio for taking the second position in command. Iago uses his anger to get Roderigo to get Cassio really mad to the point where he’s getting fired. Iago also uses his anger and not his logic to catch Desdemona’s attention to get revenge on Othello. Iago says to Roderigo, “Make Cassio angry somehow, either by speaking too loud, or insulting his military skills, or however else you want.” (page 10). Iago uses anger to get Roderigo to go bother Cassio because Iago wants Cassio to get really mad and make a choice. According to Iago, this will lead to Othello waking up from his honeymoon and firing Cassio for such a disruption.
Over the course of history, many ethnic groups, religions, and people who somehow fall outside the norm garner society’s disrespect. This disrespect ranges from people socially ostracizing these groups to even murdering them due to their differences. Because these differences can put one in a weak position, any form of treating someone discourteously due to an anomaly demonstrates cruelty, especially if they cannot control their diversity. However, people tend to accept a single perspective when learning history. In Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago uses the perspective that Othello has of him as “Honest Iago” in order to deceive him about Othello’s wife sleeping with Cassio. Likewise, when the missionaries arrive in Things Fall Apart by
Originally, he seeks revenge on Cassio for having stolen a position that, in Iago’s mind, was rightfully his. However, as the plot continues, Shakespeare explains that Iago’s initial hatred of the commander was sparked by rumors of Othello sleeping with his wife Emilia. Despite the fact that Iago and Emilia’s relationship extremely differs from that of Othello and Desdemona, Iago is still protective of what belongs to him, even if that entails objectifying his wife. Iago’s tone in this conversation starts off as defensive (with hints of sarcasm as he strongly proclaims the value he places on “honest” men) and withholding, as he often hints to a possibility of Cassio having wronged Othello, yet never explicitly says anything about
Quashallia Potter English 1102 Professor Duke The Tragedy of Othello Throughout Othello, the character Iago was very jealous, deceiving and a manipulative man. He uses different individuals love and passions to please his own satisfactions and needs. Since Iago was known for being honest no one even noticed his manipulative ways. Sadly to say Iago knows that Othello will listen to him because he is his right hand man. So with ease, Iago gives Othello hints that he thinks Desdemona which is Othello wife and Cassio are more than just so called friends.
In Othello, Cassio is the first person that Iago becomes jealous of. Cassio gets promoted to lieutenant, which outrages Iago. It is because of this that Iago resents Cassio. Although he hates him, Iago hates himself even more for not being able to secure his spot as lieutenant:
While Iago claims to be carrying out this plan for the sole purpose of Othello’s misery and his own enjoyment, he seems to be also motivated by his envy towards Cassio. While encouraging Roderigo to kill Cassio,after lying about Othello and Desdemona's plans to go to Mauritania once Cassio takes over, Iago steps aside and declares “If Cassio do remain, he hath a daily beauty in his life that makes me ugly” (V i l.19-21). Through this it is clear the Iago despises the lifestyle Cassio has and feels that he can not live up to his full potential with such competition. The first time we meet Iago he rants about his hatred and envy over Cassio being promoted. This anger was the spark that motivated him to fight back. If you look at the line in a literal sense Iago could also be acknowledging his evil nature by saying his constant envy towards Cassio makes that cruel and ugly part of him come to the surface. If Iago received the promotion to lieutenant, he would not be as motivated to ruin Cassio and Othello’s life.
Othello is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous dramas. Othello is called a tragedy and has been a popular play throughout the history of literature and drama. The non-shortened original title of this play is “The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice.” There are several key
His flaw in trusting Iago makes him kill Desdemona, only to realize too late that he was manipulated. It is possible for there to have been another flaw where “Othello is struggling with a situation which he is inaugurated before the opening of the play,” (Crawford 4 Othello as Tragic Hero). Othello’s prior flaw is also what drives Iago to plot his villainy. After discussing a plot against Othello with Roderigo, Iago says to himself “I hate the Moor, / And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets / [. . .] I know not if ‘t be true, / But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, / Will do as if for surety.” (I iii 429-433). Iago’s soliloquy reveals that his motives for discrediting Othello are because of a rumor that Othello had slept with his wife, Emilia, and he admits that suspicion alone is enough for him to want to harm the Moor. Iago’s other reason for his actions are because Othello promoted Cassio to lieutenant instead of Iago. In the opening scene of the play, Iago reveals his jealousy over the matter saying that Cassio “never set a squadron in the field, [. . . his military sense is] Mere prattle without
At all points of one’s life, one has desires; what separates and defines a person is determined by how that person goes about dealing with those desires. Some believe in working honestly towards his or her aspirations and others in seizing it at any cost. Iago, the antagonist of the play Othello is one of those people who would do anything in order to get what he wishes. Because Othello names Cassio lieutenant instead of him, he begins to device a plan in vengeance to bring Othello and Cassio down, which ends up tragic for all of the major characters. Iago’s obsessive need for revenge stems from jealousy and ambition, and because he is a master manipulator, the plan goes extremely smooth for the majority of the play.