Iago's Revenge in Othello

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Murder, deception, and tragedy are all found in the play by Shakespeare, Othello. The play Othello is set in the Elizabethan era, and is found on the streets of Venice. Shakespeare was a playwright, from the Elizabethan era (1600’s),who wrote many great plays that are still read to this day in age. Othello is a war general, an older man, and a black man, who, by the end of the novel, goes from having it all, to having nothing. This wouldn’t be possible though without the help of the incredibly deceitful Iago, who at all costs wants to ruin Othello and take his job as general. Othello isn’t the only target though, for Cassio, the young right hand man of Othello, will also taste the trickery that is Iago. Iago is a man with a plan, but at what cost does he go to get his way. Iago went too far from his original plan for revenge, and that is why he will be caught in the end. Before one can say Iago went too far, one must know his original plan. Iago is talking to himself after talking to his “friend” Roderigo when he says, “I hate the Moor, and it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets he’s done my office. I know not if’t be true, but I for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety” (105; 378-382). Iago hates the Moor, or Othello, because Cassio was given the spot of Othello’s lieutenant over himself. Now, Iago says that it is a common knowledge that Othello has once slept with Iago’s wife, even though he says he doesn't know it to be true.

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