Understanding Of Iago's Character In Othello By William Shakespeare

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I am writing you this analysis to give you a better understanding of Iago’s character in the play Othello by Shakespeare, William. Iago is smart, underestimated and ruthless character. Whose goal is to acquire power while also getting revenge from those who underestimate him, by manipulating his way through people. Iago, in the play Othello, is a very interesting villain. Even though he is often referred to as "Honest" Iago, he lies, cheats, steals, bullies, and even kills just to get what he wants. Iago starts off being evil when he finds out that Othello gave Cassio the position of lieutenant that he felt he deserved. To take this position from Cassio he must be able to manipulate anyone who gets in the way of his goals. He does this over…show more content…
Iago tells Roderigo in Act I, Scene III, “Put money in my purse” (1.3.382). He tells him this to make Roderigo think that he is going to win Desdemona’s heart by spending money on gifts to give to her, but Iago plans on keeping the money for himself. Iago is smart. He is an excellent judge of people and their characters. He knows Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and would do anything to have her as his own. Iago says about Roderigo, "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse" (1.3.426). By playing on Roderigo's hopes, Iago is able to swindle money and jewels from him, thus making himself a profit, while using Roderigo to forward his other…show more content…
Iago then plants it in Cassio’s room as evidence of his affair with Desdemona “I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin/ And let him find it” (3.3.369-370). Later he tells Othello that the has seen Cassio “ I know not that; but such a handkerchief/ I am sure it was your wife’s- did I today/ Seen Cassio wipe his beard with” (3.3.496-498). Which later Othello find out that Iago was the one who planted the handkerchief. Emilia who is Iago’s wife is the one who confirms that she is the one go gave the handkerchief to Iago. This is after Othello has already killed

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