'Othello' A Shakespearean Tragedy: An Analysis of Iago's Jealous Rage

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In the play, Iago's thirst for power destroys the relationships of almost everyone around him. Iago's anger, jealousy, and greed enable him to come up with an effective strategic plan to overthrow either Michael Cassio and/or Othello in order to get the position of lieutenant that he so desperately wants. Iago is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to achieve his goal and does not care about whom he hurts. Iago's thirst for power begins to consume whim after he is passed up for promotion and Michael Cassio, "a Florentine,/A fellow almost damn'd in a fair wife;/That never set a squadron in the field,/Nor the division of a battle knows/More than a spinster; unless the bookish theoric,/Wherein the toged consuls can propose/As masterly as he: mere prattle, without practice,/is all his soldiership" (1.1.20-27). Iago, as Othello's ancient the person that carries his emblem in battle believes that he is more qualified for the position based on his experience and believes that Cassio only knows what he has learned through his education. However, Iago will prove Othello wrong through his manipulative actions and will demonstrate, on a small, more personal scale, that he has a firm grasp on strategic, as well as political, maneuvers. While Iago has fought side by side with Othello, he…
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