How Does Iago Manipulate Othello's Character

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Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, centers on the calamity of Othello and the other major characters as a result of Othello’s compelling desires. Othello is torn between the love for his wife, Desdemona, and the trust of his good “friend”, Iago. Through the trust for his lover and his friend, jealousy and trust complications actively appear throughout the play. Desdemona will discover that “Othello’s visage in his mind,” (I.III. 255) is only a veil compared to what will arise when their marriage is shattered. Throughout the beginning of the play, Othello shows unconditional love towards Desdemona and has confidence in their marriage. He never doubts her and thinks of her as a “fair warrior,” (II.1. 81). In Act I, Scene III, Othello relives the…show more content…
His roguish diction helps him avoid encounters that can burst into violence and treachery at any given moment. Iago manipulates Othello into thinking of Iago as a trustworthy friend. To be able to manipulate, the other character, as a victim, must be naïve. Despite Othello’s command rank in the armies of Venice, he is a gullible and naïve character. Iago uses Othello’s gullibility to take action. Iago says that he will lead him "by the nose," (I.III. 402) and plans to imbed the beginning of jealousy in Othello. Nevertheless, Iago mocks him when he warns Othello not to be “green-eyed monster” (III.III. 180) stating that it will destroy whoever acts upon it – you could call him a hypocrite. Once Iago reveals that Desdemona is cheating on Othello, Othello by some means trusts Iago more. He then loses the rationality of Desdemona’s worth and gains the irrationality of Iago’s trust. Othello believes Iago without the evidence to prove her innocence. He asks for evidence, though, in a way of assurance. When Iago keeps giving “evidence” of Desdemona having an affair with Cassio, Othello reveals the characteristics of his shrouded green monster. He takes bouts of anger out on Desdemona. He strikes her, calls her “Devil,” (IV.I. 243) in front of an audience, and calls her a “whore” (IV.II. 74) and a “strumpet” (IV.II. 83). Finally, within Scene V, Act II, Othello strangles his…show more content…
During the opening scenes of the play, Othello promises his faith and love to Desdemona. Othello should have only listened and honored Desdemona’s pleas of innocence, since she never slept with Cassio in the first place. However, the sexual jealousy blinded Othello, who was then consumed by intrusiveness and rage. He was angered by picturing Desdemona and Cassio in bed. Othello becomes consumed by furious jealousy. His jealousy transforms a loving husband to monster set on one goal: to kill Desdemona. Othello reaches the conclusion that Desdemona is “false as water" (V.II. 138). He decides to get rid of Desdemona or else “she'll betray more men,” (V.II. 6). He doesn’t want any other man to have the same outcome as he. Tragically, Othello lost his trust relationship when he stabbed Desdemona. He put all his trust in “honest” Iago and had a very insignificant amount left for Desdemona. Othello is a perfect model on how sexual jealousy, and overall envy, is the most pernicious and lethal of emotions. Only Desdemona and Cassio, the true innocents of the play, are superior to jealousy’s

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