William Shakespeare's Othello

629 Words Feb 1st, 2018 3 Pages
One of the most influential characteristics of human beings is the necessity to survive. In Shakespeare’s play, Othello survival is taken to the extreme by the character, Iago. Iago’s selfishness is what ultimately drives him to manipulate the people around him.
Initially Iago manipulates a character by the name of Roderigo. Roderigo is a Venetian gentleman that is in love with the wife of Othello, Desdemona and will do whatever it takes to win her over from Othello. Roderigo who is oblivious to the idea and fact that Iago is manipulating him to achieve his goal of getting revenge against Othello. Iago’s first implication of manipulation occurs when he advises Roderigo to go make money. Iago states "Thou art sure of me. Go make money. I have told thee often, and I re-tell thee again and again, I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted: thine hath no less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him" (1.3.358-360). In this quote, Iago is constantly urging Roderigo to side with him in bringing down their common enemy, Othello. He is stating that his cause is sincere and heart-felt towards helping him win Desdemona. He is also telling Roderigo to literally go out and make money, and in exchange he'll have Desdemona under his arm because Iago tells him that Desdemona loves fancy things, and that the only reason she is with Othello is because he can buy these things for her. Secondly Iago convinces Roderigo to kill Cassio, a man who Iago tells him is sleeping with…
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