Appearance vs. Reality Villains- Othello

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Knavery’s plain face is never seen til us’d. As this quote says to be a villain you have to be deceitful, cunning, and manipulative. These characteristics are all commonly associated with the concept of evil and are displayed in the play Othello by William Shakespeare and in the book The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The villains in these two texts are both evil as they manipulate and harm other people in their lives who trust them and think of them as moral citizens and not as villains. In Othello Iago, Othello’s most trusted friend and ally, deceives and manipulates everyone in the play to bring about Othello’s downfall. In the dictionary, evil is defined by a conscious and deliberate wrongdoing, humiliation of people designed to diminish their psychological well being and acts of unnecessary violence with unjustified motives with selfish reasons. Iago embodies all the traits of evil that were just listed. The main characteristic of a villain that Iago shows is one of deception and lies. He uses and controls others to diminish the psychological wellbeing of Othello. All of the characters in the book trust him including Othello, which makes him more deceitful. In the beginning of the play Iago say’s “I follow him to serve my turn upon him”. This just reinforces the fact that Iago is fraudulent and untrustworthy. Iago also say’s “My lord, you know I love you” which juxtaposes his previous quote “I hate the moor”. He claims a reputation for honesty, yet he invents elaborate lies in order to exploit and manipulate other people. “I am not what I am” is one of the most famous and ingenious quotes said by Iago. Here the theme of appearance vs. reality is shown. This quote is reminiscent of a quote in the bible “I am what I am” which is said by God. If I am what I am stands for God, than Iago description of himself stands for the opposite of God,

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