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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When she does, Roderigo must be ready with money. If he has enough, Desdemona will surely marry him. Of course, the audience and Iago know that Desdemona will never marry Roderigo, no matter the amount of the money. She is not the type of person who would marry for money. Despite that, Iago manipulates Roderigo’s feelings for his own benefit.
In Act 2, Iago is a deceptive person. He is able to effortlessly pretend that he loves Cassio, even though he is plotting to get him fired. There is a part of Act 2 of Scene 3, where a brawl has just taken place between Cassio and Roderigo. Cassio is made drunk by Iago; Roderigo takes advantage of this and picks a fight with him. (IC; IC) Montano is trying to stop the fight; he places himself between them and gets hurt instead. (General IC; Specific IC) The ruckus interrupts Othello’s honeymoon night. He asks Iago to reveal who started the fight. Iago feigns innocence at first, but eventually tells Othello “with reluctance” that it was Cassio: “I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth / Than it should do offense to Michael Cassio” (Shakespeare 2.3.236-267). (IC: “Quote” (citation).) Iago claims that he does not want to say anything bad about Cassio because he cares for Cassio. The audience obviously knows that Iago set Cassio up to get into a fight and ultimately get fired. This is because Iago despises Cassio; for, he has a greater power and position than Iago. Iago is so easily able to lie in front of
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