What Do Iago's Two Soliloquies Tell Us (the Audience) About His Motives and Character?

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Iago's intentions and motives for the malicious and evil acts he performs can be fully realized when he reads his soliloquies to the audience. It gives Iago the chance to be completely honest for once and provides the irony when the audience knows Iago's plans but the other characters are unaware and call him ‘Honest Iago'.
In Iago's soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 3, Iago exclaims 'I hate the Moor'; he repeats this sentence many times during the first act of the play. The reasons for his hatred are vast, they could stem from racism, for Iago uses derogatory terms to describe Othello many times, ‘Barbary horse', ‘devil' and ‘old black ram'. It could also come from Iago's resentment that Cassio was promoted above him by Othello. One of the main
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Iago has many reasons to be Jealous of Michael Cassio, he is described as the perfect soldier throughout the book, and not only is Iago furious that Cassio was promoted to lieutenant first, but Iago suspects him, as well as Othello, of having an affair with his wife,
"For I fear Cassio with my night-cap too –"Iago, again, has no basis for this belief, but his character is obviously extremely possessive, and with all his trickery he has reason to suspect anyone of foul play. Iago's intentions are clarified somewhat during his ending soliloquy in Act 2 scene 1,
"Now, I do love her [Desdemona] too; not out of absolute lust…but partly led to diet my revenge". Iago is saying that he is sexually attracted to Desdemona but that it is not because of lust, but because of the hatred he has towards Othello and the need he feels to have revenge upon him. He feels that if he was to sleep with Othello's Desdemona than he and Othello would be even,
"And nothing can or shall content my soul till I am even'd with him, wife for wife" Iago's jealousy is so strong that he desperately wants for Othello to experience it,
"Or failing so, yet that I put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure". Iago's need for revenge on Cassio and Othello could originate from the inadequacy he must of felt when Cassio was promoted, and finding out that his wife might be having affairs must have wounded his pride and bruised his ego greatly. All

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