Othello: Iago's Villain

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The dark nature and destruction of a story can often be lead back to the story’s villain. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago can easily be blamed for the carnage of lives based on his personality and what he said to others. Readers can often depict immediately who the villain is based on the character’s language and actions toward other characters. Iago is considered a villain based on his words and how he uses them negatively towards others to achieve his goals. In the beginning, Iago’s villainous behavior is triggered by his anger toward Othello. Iago thought there was nothing in his way in getting the job as second-in-command to Othello. After hearing word that he wasn’t given the job, Iago screamed with anger and resentment toward the two…show more content…
After knowing that he wasn’t “good enough” to be second to Othello, Iago discusses what he is willing to do to prove that he is capable of being in complete control. “ (Othello) ‘Within these three days let me hear thee say that Cassio’s not alive’ ‘ (Iago)‘Tis done at your request.’”(pg 145 3.3 lines 488-481) Iago was appointed the lieutenant by Othello after Cassio was terminated for his erratic actions. Iago, knowing that he would be appointed, now talks about completing Othello’s plan in order to gain his trust which Iago will later use to deceive him later. As the story progressed, Iago’s character is developed more so than Othello’s. Iago is revealed as a master manipulator based on what he says to others. “ (Emilia) Disprove this villain, if thou be’st a man. He says thou told’st him that his wife was false. I know thou didst not; thou’rt not such a villain. . .You told a lie, an odious. damned lie!” ( pg 243 5.2 lines 179-182 and 187) Iago was capable of gaining other’s trust, like Othello’s, through telling lies, and then turning it and using their trust as a way to execute his plan. Roderigo and Cassio both fell for his manipulation and were both deceived in the end due to Iago’s villainous behavior. With Iago’s words, readers see that his lust for power made him willing to do anything in order to achieve it, including speaking deceiving words to the other characters by gaining their trust in order to complete his ultimate goal of complete
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