Iago Is the Central Character in Othello

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The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare between 1601 and 1604, in England. It is set in the late sixteenth century, during the wars between Venice and Turkey. The play focuses mostly around Iago and Othello, and Iago’s evil plans to bring down Othello. A central character is a character that has a major role, is most probably the protagonist, and drives the action (i.e. with his or her energy, ideas, and actions). They are the Primary cause of the drama. Because of them other character’s roles are given life. Further down in the essay I am going to discuss, who the central character is in this play, why Iago drives the action and what both Iago and Othello control in this play. Iago is a major character in this play but so is Othello, although Iago having 1097 lines in the play. More lines than Othello himself, whom the play is named after.

In my opinion Iago is the central character in “Othello”. He is the one who drives the action. “The tragedy of Othello” only happens because Iago wanted revenge for not being promoted to Lieutenant. I quote him saying “I hate the Moor” Instead it was Cassio who did. Cassio who has no practical knowledge of battle. Iago has a good reputation (which is why no one suspects that he is the cause for all the problems), but no true honour. However, Iago doesn't care about his honour. “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve, For daws to peck at. I am not what I am”, this is what Iago says in his first soliloquy in Act 1. He will pretend to be someone he is not, “honest Iago” someone everyone loves until he gets his revenge and Othello will be the tool that he uses.
Firstly, proof that Iago is the central character is in his motives. The main ones are that; He is racially prejudiced against Othello because he is black. and wants revenge for not getting the job. In Act 1
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