Iago’s mendaciousness scorched Othello’s sanity beyond repair. Iago’s villainous behavior and Othello’s radical demeanor both stand for part of every man in contrasting ways. Each if those qualities is regrettably embedded within each of us. The qualities he thrives on throughout Othello, by William Shakespeare, are the ones we’re most ashamed of. In his soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2 Line 380 he’s especially brutal towards Desdemona in his plans showing no shame what so ever.
Iago is often classified as the embodiment of pure evil to the farthest extent capable of being reached by human. Both Claudius and Iago plot against, torture, and cause the downfall of other characters in their respective stories to create and upkeep a boastful reputation. Both characters know that what they are doing is considerably wrong, but only Claudius feels any remorse for his crimes. They both recognize in soliloquy what they are doing and even discuss with themselves further planning. Iago manipulates all the crucial components of his plot with ease, while Claudius on the other hand is discontent and unhappy with the events taking place.
Claudius, Hamlet's uncle is the most serious offender of lying and deceit. Although he has committed the most heinous acts, Claudius is the only characters who develops a guilty conscious as a result of dis devious actions. As each of the main characters develops on social, moral and psychological levels, lying and deception is an ever present theme and an integral part of the plot. From his very first scene in the play, Prince Hamlet establishes himself as someone who is morally opposed to deception. When Hamlet's uncle and mother urge him to “cast [his] nighted color off,” (Shakespeare 1.2.68) and stop acting and appearing so depressed, he replies that his “inky cloak.../ [and] river in the eye.../ are actions that a man might play” (Shakespeare 1.2.78-84).
In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago who is possessed by jealousy and evil necessity of destruction, including his own, has two main objectives: to plot and to deceive. He hates Othello because he believes the Moor made love to his wife and also he is jealous that Cassio was chosen to be Lieutenant instead of himself. Iago is everything about evil. He manipulates to get whatever he wants. In addition, he also claims for being honesty, even though he acts against this reputation.
Richard III laughs as he ruses Lady Anne into believing that he killed her husband and father because of her beauty. “Was ever woman in this humor wooed?” Richard when he’s alone, he mocks her because she fell for his hoax. Richard was actually a very smart man and very deceiving at the same time. The beginning of act 1 starts with this heartfelt speech of Richard speaking of how he feels about his brothers and how he will reach the top. Richard is bitter, deformed, not loved, and sickened by peace, so he will set his brothers up for their death and rise up.
“To be or not to be, that is the question; whether’ tis nobler in the mind to suffer...” (Shakespeare Act 3, Scene 1). This quotation proves Hamlet becomes inferior to others and the environment through his madness, causing him to express himself explicitly towards others. Hamlet’s madness not only causes his loved ones lives but it allows his “end” to come because he accepts every challenge from his opponent. Hamlet’s madness not only affects him but Ophelia, who is mentally torn apart by Hamlet. Ophelia was once flawless, but since her encounter with Hamlet she has fallen into the same madness and wants to kill herself.
Loneliness puts The Monster in a mentally unstable position. He believes that he is a monster for the reason being he was created by one. In comparison, Othello’s betrayal is demonstrated throughout the play, but especially through Iago when he confesses to the audience his plan to manipulate and destroy Othello’s love life with Desdemona. Although Othello trusts Iago with anything, Iago hates the “Moor” and is willing to do anything to destroy him. Iago feels that the best way to do so is by manipulating Othello telling him that his wife is cheating on him with Cassio, who Iago coincidently hates as well.
Othello, a play about a brilliant man being dragged down by simple manipulation that causes him to be knocked off of his high horse. Othello was easily deceived by Iago because of Iago’s manipulation, Othello and Iago’s intertwined history, and Othello’s belief that Iago is an honest soul. Iago holds the trophy for best manipulator when he needs something of Othello in 3.3 when Iago is implanting the impression that Desdemona is having a secret affair with Cassio in Othello’s mind When he says “I speak not yet of proof. / Look to your wife, observe her well with Cassio. / Wear your eyes thus, not jealous nor secure.” Iago could have come out and said that Desdemona was acting tricky with Cassio but it would have lead for an ineffective persuasion where Othello laughed in Iago’s face and losing his footing that he worked oh-so-hard to create in Othello’s mind.
He is a manipulative, deceitful murderer. He takes advantages of those he befriends, and does not feel or show any pity at all. I think that Iago is the main reason that there are many conflicts in the play. He causes problems from the beginning to the end of the play. All the problems he causes are through lies, treachery, and hatred.
If Hamlet were to have seen his father’s ghost by himself, there would be a greater argument for him being insane from the outset of the play. Hamlet also exerts control over his actions, which is the main reason why it could be argued that he is sane. He actively tries to convince Polonius that he has gone mad - mocking him when he would usually be respectful, acting cruelly towards Ophelia whom he was clearly affectionate to earlier in the play. He does this in the hope that Polonius will tell the court of his madness. Hamlet is often hesitant to do things, for example where he had the chance to kill Claudius in the chapel but couldn’t bring himself to do it, not because he would be killing another human but because he wanted Claudius to suffer and not go straight to Heaven.