Examples Of Iago's Insecurities In Othello

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One’s insecurities and weaknesses can drive them to commit acts that are against their morals and beliefs. In the play, Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago is an extremely immoral and deceptive individual with evil motives. Due to his overwhelming feelings of jealousy, hatred, and selfishness, Iago ultimately commits immoral acts and thinks unjustly of others, proving how his insecurities and weaknesses define him. To begin, Iago’s strong feelings of jealousy lead him to commit immoral acts. First, Iago's jealousy is portrayed through his reaction after he finds out that Cassio becomes Lieutenant. Iago tells Roderigo how "'[Othello has] already chosen [his] officer.'/ […] One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,/ […] That never set a squadron…show more content…
For instance, Iago's selfishness gets the best of him and proves to be his weakness. He speaks of how; “‘[...He makes his] fool [his] purse;/ For [his] own gain’d knowledge should profane/ If [he] would time expend with such a snipe/ But for [his] sport and profit.’” (1.3.374-377) Iago's selfishness proves to be a weak point of his when he ultimately manipulates Roderigo in order to get his wealth. He becomes so blinded by the thought of money, that he excuses his morals simply for wealth, and ultimately deceives his friend. In addition, Iago's selfishness proves to be his weakness when it overpowers his sense of humanity. Iago states how; “‘Cassio’s a proper man […]/ To get his place and to plume up [his] will/ In double knavery [...]/ After some time, to abuse Othello’s ear/ That [Cassio] is too familiar with his wife[.]’” (1.3.383-387) Iago's intent to manipulate Cassio simply for a position as Lieutenant shows how his weakness overpowers him. He realizes that in order to get what he wants he must take immoral actions, and he does so without thinking. Lastly, Iago's selfishness proves to be his weakness when he manipulates others for his own gain. He speaks of

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