Iago is jealous of him because he suspects Othello has slept with his wife Emilia. Instead, she is captivated with him and loves him with all her heart and soul. Iago again is jealous so he begins to set his plot to destroy Othello into motion. He is just and evil and diabolical person. He is a manipulative, deceitful murderer.
He follows Iago's directions easily, perhaps partially because of his jealousy of Othello's relationship with Desdemona. Jealousy 4: Iago openly divulges his plan of destruction, which incorporates jealousy as the key factor. He intends to create a strong sense of jealousy in Othello by setting up the mirage of an affair between Desdemona and Cassio. Jealousy 5: Iago plants seeds of jealousy in Othello and then speaks of the 'green-eyed monster' as a force to be feared. Jealousy is personified as a monster.
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.
Hubris destroys people, it can blind people to the reality of their situation and leads them to their downfalls as shown by the characters in Sophocles’ plays Antigone and Oedipus Rex. By looking at Oedipus and Creon, the careful reader can see how the excessive pride of each character leads them to their doom. In the play Oedipus Rex an example of Oedipus’ excessive pride is when he is asked to move aside by the former King of Thebes, Laios and Oedipus refuses. Oedipus’ pride overwhelms him and drives him into a murderous rage, as Sophocles illustrates, “the groom leading the horses forced me off the road at his lords’ command; but as the chariot lurched over towards me I struck him in my rage …He was paid, back and more!” (Oedipus Rex 43). In his rage, Oedipus kills the old man and his fellow travelers.
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. Othello exhibits a part of humans that is able to be tempted and deceived. While a good man at the start, Shakespeare uses this as a template to bring out the green-eyed monster of jealousy in Othello, as an attempt to highlight that quality in each of us. The dream speech in Act 3 Scene 3 Line 466 is where we see Iago makes this happen. As Iago ends Act 1 with his soliloquy, we become sure that dishonesty is one of his most revered qualities.
Othello is a very gullible character and becomes immediately susceptible to any claims that he deems threatening in addition to his habit of skipping to conclusion abruptly , revealing the impact of his jealous nature. This is strongly elucidated as he personally decides to murder Desdemona purely based accumulated opinions and false evidence presented my Iago rather than real solid evidence “It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul. Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars, it is the cause. Yet I’ll not shed her blood”. This example clearlyexpresses that he still cannot fully comprehend Desdemona’s infidelity
There may seem to be many motivations for villains throughout the times but as we study these scoundrels we find that generally they are motivated by pure jealousy, or a need of superiority. They utilize manipulation, both physically and mentally in order to achieve their goals and show a lack of remorse. Stephan King’s “Misery”, provides us with a very graphical depiction in Annie Wilkes a sadistic, mentally unstable retired nurse, who has a desire for power and control. Annie goes to tortuous extremes on her captive Paul Sheldon to realize this. Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge.
“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.
Iago gradually through the play gives pieces of information to Othello that form the wrong picture in his mind and causes him to be blinded by jealousy so deep that he eventually kills his wife. Othello’s heritage leads to his insecurity. Othello is referred to as the “moor” a term describing dark-skinned people. Dark is thought to be evil and white pure. Othello’s age was also great cause of insecurity.
In today’s society, we sometimes face deceptive characters that cause major problems due to their deceptive traits. This idea is especially true in the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello. With the theme of deception that is shown throughout the course of W. Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the main antagonist character, Iago, has clearly demonstrated it through his malicious and demonic actions to fulfill his need for jealousy and greed. In this essay, this will be shown through a detailed analysis of three various actions specifically caused by Iago’s deception: Othello’s dismissal of Cassio, the slapping of Desdemona by Othello in front of Lodovico, and lastly, the tragic ending, the killing of Desdemona by Othello during her sleep. In the first few scenes of the play, the readers experience first-hand some of Iago’s capabilities, in particular, his deceptive traits.