Othello- The Theme Of Revenge Through Iago

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Revenge through the character of Iago. Iago demonstrates how someone avenges what is perceived to be an injustice. He feels he has been mistreated by Othello and plots his downfall. He uses numerous people in his plan of revenge. They include: Cassio, Bianca, Desdemona, Rodrigo and his wife, Emillia. Iago is angry with Othello because Othello appointed Cassio as lieutenant instead of him. As a result, Iago doesn’t only go after Othello, but also plots to disgrace Cassio. In order to disgrace Cassio, Iago uses Rodrigo to challenge cassio to a dual after he has got him drunk, once this plan succeeds and Cassio is demoted, Iago continues to use Cassio in his plan to avenge Othello. This is done by placing Desdemona’s handkerchief in Cassio’s bedroom. He uses his own wife to achieve his ends. In addition to Emillia, Iago uses Bianca as he knows Cassio is in love with her and Othello will see Cassio give Bianca the handkerchief. Desdemona bores the brunt of Othello’s rage as Iago’s plan to have her plead for Cassio to be reinstated would be seen as proof of her feelings for Cassio. Here to, Iago uses Desmonda in his scheme to avenge himself against Cassio. Cassio’s demotion and Othello’s turn from being a loving husband to the insane wreck he is, is the result of Iago’s schemes. As a result Desdemona is murdered by her husband, Emmilia is murdered by her husband, Rodrigo is murdered by Iago, Cassio is wounded by Rodrigo and Othello commits suicide. Iago’s need for revenge brings about his own
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