Essay on Iago’s Soliloquies and Intentions

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In every play, there is at least one character that jumps off the page and begs for your attention. In The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, this character is Iago. Iago is a devious man, a liar, a manipulator, and a psychopath. It seems Shakespeare developed a very maniacal character but not one that is unreal. I feel as though we have our fair share of Iago’s in today’s society. Many politicians seem to fit into this category, manipulating people for manipulation sake. However, to me the most interesting psychopath of all, is in the play Othello.
In this play, Iago is Othello’s trusted ensign. However, Iago is not what he portrays himself to be to the characters in the play. In his soliloquies, he
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(Shakespeare, Orgel, and R.) Iago is infuriated that after several years of service he was not promoted. Instead, his supposedly cognitive inferior Cassio receives the promotion. Iago seems to want to hide under reasons and excuses behind his actions. The dastardly villain makes it clear that he isn’t just immoral; he is amoral. Proving his absence of conscious throughout the play. Iago has many characteristics that work in his favor making him all the more dangerous. He is charming, intelligent, deceitful, and a clever wordsmith. He uses his language and he self-awareness to create a false perception of himself, one he wishes others to believe. He gladly uses these characteristics to his advantage by playing on people’s insecurities. Frequently, playing on Othello’s non-Venetian status. Iago tells Othello about untruths about Venetian women since Othello isn’t familiar. Saying that she married him for his status and background not necessarily for love, but this is not her fault, this is just how Venetian women are raised. In addition, that she held back her natural feelings to be with Othello. “ Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank, foul disproportions, thoughts unnatural but pardon me – I do not in position distinctly speak of her; though I fear her will recoiling to her better judgment, may fall to match you with her country forms,
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