The Snake: Iago in Othello Essay

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The Snake
Mahatma Gandhi explains the destruction of revenge: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”. (IC: “Quote.”) “Eye for an eye” is a metaphor for revenge. It means if something is stolen, it should be stolen back. In this case, the things being stolen are eyes. The second part “makes the whole world blind” means that revenge will not solve problem. Instead, it creates problems. In Othello, the evil Iago manipulates Othello into ruining his own life in the name of revenge. He tells Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him. He presents Othello fake evidence time and time again until he is convinced. Othello is so angered that he murders his own wife, who has done nothing wrong. Only after she is dead, Desdemona
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The Snake
Mahatma Gandhi explains the destruction of revenge: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”. (IC: “Quote.”) “Eye for an eye” is a metaphor for revenge. It means if something is stolen, it should be stolen back. In this case, the things being stolen are eyes. The second part “makes the whole world blind” means that revenge will not solve problem. Instead, it creates problems. In Othello, the evil Iago manipulates Othello into ruining his own life in the name of revenge. He tells Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him. He presents Othello fake evidence time and time again until he is convinced. Othello is so angered that he murders his own wife, who has done nothing wrong. Only after she is dead, Desdemona is proven innocent. In immense guilt, Othello commits suicide. Iago finally gets his revenge. The character Iago, in Shakespeare's Othello, goes from being manipulative and two faced by subtly controlling people into ruining Cassio’s career to being cunning and malicious by outright destroying Othello’s career, lover and life with violent deaths.
In Othello, Iago is a manipulative person in Act 1. He manages to convince Roderigo into selling all his land instead of committing suicide. In Scene 3 of Act 1, Roderigo is very upset because Othello and Desdemona are still together. There was hope when Montano found out about their marriage; nonetheless, the two remained married. (IC; CA, IC) Roderigo loves Desdemona and seeing her with Othello

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