The character of Iago is presented to the viewer early on as the obvious villain of the play. His initial exploitation of Othello and Desdemona’s marriage makes the viewer aware of his calculating and manipulative nature, which is further emphasized by his continual deceit of Othello. Despite the ease with which he enacts his controlled and cunning plans, Iago sometimes seems to the viewer as an irrational, vengeful character acting out of jealousy. This trait can make him appear illogical and unreasonable but emphasis his pure evil nature. Iago’s initial soliloquies reveal his deceptive nature, he is presented as Janus, the 2 faced man, as he reveals his plan which becomes more and more complex and reliant on his continual manipulation of the people around him.
There is no doubt in « Othello » as to the role Shakespeare has given Iago, he is the villain, masterful at deceit he generates most evil in the play. The clever soldier, his incredible acting allows him to be two or three completely different people. During most of the Act the audience finds itself constantly trying to find a motive for Iago’s actions but finds none that can justify what he is about to do. What does seem to come back again and again is his view on women which he sees as sex rapacious and a danger to his machiavellian plans. Scene 1 offers us a good preview as to what Iago is going to do for the rest of the Act and ultimately the rest of the play.
In his epic Paradise Lost, John Milton recreates the Genesis story of the fall of man as it was caused by Satan. It is Satan's fatal flaws of pride and ambition that led him to battle over Heaven and even though he was defeated, he refused to give up his war against God, promising to always do evil against Him and man and succeeding with man's fall from grace. However, throughout the epic we also watch Satan struggle with the despair, desire and even the repentance he feels, making him seem more human than evil and eliciting our sympathy for him. Satan's fatal flaws, ever present inner struggles and his determination to wage covert battles in his war against God that he knows he cannot win, make him Milton's unlikely hero. Paradise Lost begins, not with the expected potential heroes of the Genesis stories, God or man, but he begins instead with Satan, thereby placing focus on him and his actions.
Explore the ways in which Milton presents Satan as a master of disguise and deception Milton gives Satan very seductive language, his use of rhetoric is impeccable for Satan’s persuasion, it takes little to no time to convince Eve to eat the forbidden fruit as Satan knows exactly the right buttons to push in order to tempt to her to go against God’s will. We already know that Eve is a creature of vanity and this is something that Satan picks up on very quickly, “sovereign mistress”, he addresses her as though she is a queen and as though he is below her, which in terms of the Great Chain of Being, he is not in his current form, but in terms of his position as a fallen angel, he is. His appearance could also be seen as a way to tempt Eve as he described as being luxurious and with reference to having phallic characteristics – ‘Crest’, ‘Erect’, ‘Verdant’, ‘Carbunkle’. Satan’s movement is carefully planned to attract Eve’s attention as he approaches her. He makes his way ‘side-long’ as though he is being crafty at first although he then turns to being eye catching as he ‘curl[s] many a wanton wreath’ in her view.
The Motivation of Iago William Shakespeare’s Othello is a story based on betrayal, jealousy, hate and revenge. The villain in the play, Iago, is said to be one of Shakespeare’s most evil characters. On a search for power, nothing is going to stand in his way. His actions throughout the play are a direct result of his trying to attain what he believes is rightfully his. Iago’s mean and insensitive manipulation is geared towards the innocent and ends up causing the destruction of Roderigo, Cassio, Desdemona, Emilia, and Othello.
"And often to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths." This quote is spoken by Banquo, it expresses the cunning, foul witches and how they play with the minds of the weak, in this case Macbeth's aspiring consciousness, in order for acts of evil to be committed by telling only half truths. Banquo confronts our protagonist about these 'Instruments of darkness', but in defiance to this warning, our protagonist is consumed by his desire to acquire power, sending this warning into oblivion. This is the beginning of Macbeth's destruction, his vulnerability is unearthed as we start to uncover his own instrument of evil embedded deep within the core of his soul. We start to see that seed of corruption growing, and how he is not so noble after all.
In the play “Othello,” by William Shakespeare, the character Iago is slowly transforming himself into a devil by undertaking a “devils office.” What this means is that Iago is slowly starting to do evil actions and follow the path of becoming more like the devil. “If I can fasten but one cup upon him… He’ll be full of quarrel and offense” (Act II, Sc 3, ll 49) Iago is purposely trying to get Cassio drunk in order for him to make a mistake and make it easy for Roderigo to provoke Cassio into a fight. The reason Iago is provoking Cassio to get in fights, is so when Othello catches him, Cassio will be stripped of his position, and his position will be given to Iago. The fact that Iago would take such extreme measures in order to obtain a position he was not given shows devil like qualities such as deception, desperation, and untrustworthiness. Ultimately, due to his intoxication, Cassio stabs Montano, and is stripped of his position by Othello.
Who do you consider is most responsible for the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet all ends in a terrible tragedy, however there has to be someone to blame for this, but who? I strongly believe that Friar Lawrence is responsible for the tragedy. The main reasons why I think he is to blame is because he married Romeo and Juliet without anyone’s permission; he also helped them to have a secret night together; gave Juliet a dangerous potion; faked her funeral breaking the hearts of her family and he continued abusing the use of confession throughout the play. The most disgraceful thing is that he is a man of god and he committed all of these horrendous sins!
Critics Explanations Behind Iago’s Behavior and Motivation Sometimes readers are unsure why characters act, say, or do things. Iago, from Shakespeare’s Othello, is known to be one of the most notorious and mysterious villains of all time. In Shakespeare’s Othello, tragedy strikes when Iago is denied the position of lieutenancy. From that point on, Iago plots his revenge on the Moor. He does whatever he has too, to get his revenge including manipulation, deception, and even, death.
He possesses an exterior glitter which is really sinister and which misleads everyone in the play. Iago’s jealousy and deception is brought about by Othello giving Cassio a promotion over himself and the play starts with Iago complaining to Roderigo, about ‘The Moor.’ Jealousy is a major theme in Othello and this is illustrated though characterisation and the use of imagery. From the beginning of Othello, it is established that Iago is driven by jealousy himself and uses it as his tool to bring about the downfall of Othello. Responders are immediately alerted to his scheming nature when he states “I follow him to serve my turn upon him.” The characterisation of Othello from the calm and reasoned military leader to the blind, enraged ‘blacker devil’ that responders witness in the end emphasises the potent poison that is jealousy. There isn’t a shred of the Othello from Act one left by the tragic ending of the play as highlighted by Lodovico “thou Othello, that wert once so good.” The mere possibility of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness and the question of her fidelity are unbearable for ‘valiant’ Othello, he would rather “the general camp, Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body” than to have doubts floating in his mind.