Othello, By William Shakespeare

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“Othello” is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare in 1603. The play explains the story of a solider, Iago, that destroys a powerful general named Othello’s marriage, reputation, and overall life. The actions of the protagonist in the play, Iago, will be analyzed for their importance and domino effect throughout the play. Iago is a soldier of the army in Venice. He is a flat character in the play that is selfish, but on the exterior appears to value other individual’s concerns more than his. Throughout the play, readers notice that Iago is sexist, greedy, and racist. Iago is sometimes considered an archetype of the devil (quote about it) However, Iago is very intelligent in creating schemes that result in him receiving what he desires. All of the actions he commits throughout the play are to better him. Iago’s significance to the play is his desire for revenge. He portrays this pursuit of revenge toward Othello, Cassio, and the idea of revenge he planted in Othello towards Desdemona.
Throughout the play Iago desperately seeks revenge on Othello. Iago’s revenge towards Othello begins because of something Othello did, but then grows larger purely due to his distaste of Othello. Firstly, Iago wants revenge towards Othello because he is aggravated that Othello made Cassio lieutenant instead of him. Iago believes that he deserved the job of lieutenant because of his hands-on knowledge and experience in the field compared to Cassio’s no experience. Iago explained who
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