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Who Is Iago Evil In Othello

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It is not love that is blind, but jealousy. Many characters in William Shakespeare’s Othello face the “green-eyed monster” that is jealousy, but no one like the valiant Moor general himself, Othello. Othello’s trusted and honest ensign, Iago, instills the deep envy within Othello towards his once favorite lieutenant, Cassio. Iago serves as the play’s main antagonist as he expresses profound hatred towards both Cassio and Othello, calling for their demise. He manipulates many situations and words of others to make it appear to Othello that his lovely wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. Based solely on circumstantial evidence Iago provides, Othello is fueled with anger and jealousy that completely deprives him of thoughtful judgement.…show more content…
Iago resents Othello extremely as he overlooks his role in Othello’s crew and does not promote Iago. Iago begins to formulate a plan in order to get back at Othello as well as Cassio, who was promoted to lieutenant instead of Iago. He plants the idea into Othello’s head that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair. Iago believes Othello to be persuaded by the accusation, however Othello states, “No, not much moved./I do not think but Desdemona’s honest” (III.iii.264-265). In true tragic hero fashion, Othello is warned, but he dismisses the idea and entrusts in his wife and friend. Iago does not give up on his plan and continues to push the idea into Othello’s head. Iago holds possession of the first gift Othello gave his wife and declares to the Moor that he witnessed Cassio with the beloved handkerchief. Iago also claims to have heard Cassio speaking inappropriately about Desdemona in his sleep. This inconclusive evidence based upon one witnesses account should be properly evaluated and looked into with a level-minded head. Yet, this “proof” to the affair enrages Othello as he speaks to Iago stating, “Now do I see ‘tis true. Look here, Iago,/All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven./’Tis gone” (III.iii.504-506). Othello truly believes in Iago’s statements and swiftly calls for the death of Cassio at the end of Act III. Jealously flames up…show more content…
Iago is able to use these desirable traits he possesses as well as his strong friendship with Desdemona to add fire to Othello’s insecurities regarding their marriage. Iago has created this destructive jealousy in Othello mainly toward Cassio as he was able to woo over his wife. Othello strips Cassio of his position as lieutenant after one incident and plans on death to Cassio. Cassio avoids speaking with Othello as he is embarrassed of the scene he caused, however, Cassio is unaware as of Act III of the affair claims. When speaking with Desdemona, “*Enter Othello and Iago*/...Madam, I’ll take my leave.../*Cassio exits*” (III.iii.32). Cassio fleeing the scene when Othello arrives makes him look very suspicious and allows for Iago to state Cassio is guilty, explaining the questionable exit. Othello’s interactions, or lack thereof, with Cassio display how jealousy silently takes over his whole body, to the point where no communication exists between the
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