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The Views Of Iago In Shakespeare's Othello

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Inhuman Duality There have been many faces of Iago in William Shakespeare’s Othello, and it has perplexed many to pinpoint the motive and drive behind this character’s role. In truth, there were many reasons given for Iago’s actions in the play, but there is also evidence that it is more ambiguous than surface logic; consequently, all those reasons seem to accumulate and deepen his hate for Othello to the point of blind rage and revenge. I submit that Iago already was a terrible person that loved mischief and torment, but perhaps his villainy is due to an unnatural force.
Iago is very inconsistent with the characters in the play, and it is possible that he is inconsistent with himself. Iago spoke of his hate to Roderigo in the beginning of the play. Roderigo questions Iago, “Thou told’st me thou didst hold him in thy hate.” Iago replies, “Despise me if I do not.” (1.1.5-6). He goes on to explain to Roderigo that he was passed for the position of Othello’s lieutenant, “‘I have already chose my officer.’ And what was he? Forsooth, a great arithmetician, one Micheal Cassio, a Florentine.” (1.1.15-17). To a loyal soldier, this would be an offense; however, in his soliloquy, after Roderigo pays him to win Desdemona from Othello for him, he reveals a deeper and more serious reason:

If I would time expend with such a snipe
But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor,
And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets
H’as done my office. I know not if’t be true,
But I for mere
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