The Role Of Iago In Othello

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“But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve/ For daws to peck at: I am not what I am” (Shakespeare, Othello). Shakespeare has portrayed Iago in the play of Othello as a cruel character who intends to destroy any person who believes has wronged him. Iago is a manipulative character showing hatred especially to his superior. In the play, Iago is the destructive personage yet not all characters have known about his plots, he has been the reason of the demolition of Othello whom thinks himself to be an outsider to Venice. Iago has been playing in a way or another the role of the Devil in the play.

Iago is persistent by having a desire to cause pain to everybody. That is clear from the beginning of the play where he has first shown hostility
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The critic A.C. Bradley has noted that the tragedy is “the undoing of the noble Moor by the devilish cunning of Iago”. That means Iago is responsible of the destruction of the tragic hero, Othello. Iago’s thinking and influential strategies are essential in manipulating Othello. The audience is moved towards Othello by what Iago is declaring about him, his figure requires respect rather than negative feeling. Iago has worked on misleading and deceiving the relationship of the lovers. (Walder, 2012, page 44-45). Iago’s skill and knowledge of the hero have made of him a victim. Iago has been trying to shape his words the way he wants the Moor to think and he plants ideas in his head and make him develop them. "Work on, my medicine, work!" (Shakespeare, Othello). He mentions here the doubt he settles in the hero’s mind. His words seem innocent but in reality they have their own implications (Walder, 2012, page 48). Iago is directing the insecurities and the downward of Othello. He has mentioned first that Desdemona has deceived her father when she has married him and she has pretended to love him. “She did deceive her father, marrying you, /And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks, /She loved them most” (Walder, 2012, page 49). Plus, Desdemona’s handkerchief that has been stolen by Emilia, Iago’s wife, and given to Cassio has been used as a symbol of betrayal and guilt. That makes Othello go through…show more content…
He has manipulated and controlled them in association with jealousy. In other words, he is responsible for the deaths and misery of the characters. He is known to be an honest and trustful man for many characters. Because of this impression, people around him have believed him and have seen in him the one to guide them to the appropriate solution. But they were all mistaken. Othello has believed Iago and has never comprehended his malicious intentions. He sees him as a relief to his breakdown. In reality, Iago finds pleasure in seeing everybody facing despair and pain. Having a great status in Venice, Othello feels strange and have doubts about his identity due to the differences in race and religion revealed by Iago. He is the Devil of the play. He portrays the worst of people’s behaviors. His enjoyment in making people down makes him responsible of the
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