Iago's Use Of Manipulation In Othello

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The role of manipulation in Shakespeare’s Othello and Macbeth. “Manipulation is to “control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly or unscrupulously. “ (Oxford dictionary) In Othello, Iago uses manipulation slowly climbing up the stairs of hierarchy to get to his general, who he hates. The flaw of Othello and Macbeth is that they are either easily manipulated or influenced which ultimately leads to their downfall. From beginning to end Iago moves the characters of Othello as if they were chessmen; he controls their moves as well as situation. Iago’s complex and villainous role is shown through his ability to judge people and their characters and use it manipulate them to do things in a way that benefits him and allows him to move closer towards his malevolent goals. On the other hand, In Macbeth, the other characters only influence Macbeth’s actions and has no full control over them. Iago uses their individual aspirations and passions to motivation them to whatever devious plan he desires. Othello, just as Macbeth was modeled with Hamartia. Othello…show more content…
This was the title given to the black people of Elizabethan England. Iago then takes the common prejudice against black people in the Elizabethan era to his advantage in convincing Rodrigo that Desdemona does not actually love Othello. Iago is a true judge of character and this quality helps him to identify flaws of character. The reason behind Iago holding the strings of Rodrigo is undying love towards Desdemona. Iago is aware that Rodrigo Is desperate for Desdemona’s love. Iago learns that Roderigo is gullible. Roderigo must indeed be very gullible to believe that Desedemona, so in love with Othello as to run away from home and marry Othello against her father’s will, would ever even consider leaving Othello. William Shakespeare himself says, “love makes a wisest man a fool” and this is true to
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