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.
He manipulates this situation, and uses Othello’s insecurity, to make him believe that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago cleverly deceives Othello by stopping and hesitating before speaking. Othello thinks Iago carefully weighs his words because he is honest yet Iago is just playing on Othello. Othello trusts too easily and is ignorant of Iago’s deceit and hatred towards himself. Iago manages to plant ideas in Othello’s mind without saying very much, e.g.
Iago who many people perceived to be an honest man when it couldn't be further from the truth and in Othello's cased it proved to be a deadly mistake for trusting him. It is very interesting in the way Iago was able to live such a drastic double life which I will explain in the way he did it by the way he presented himself, what made him so effective at manipulating people, why was his hatred for Othello so strong, and what do characters, besides Othello think of Iago. Iago was able to make create such an elaborate lie and execute his plan because of his pure hatred for Othello, this hatred was so great because there were multiple factors that were causing his ill will towards the Moor. Othello's appointing of Cassio as his lieutenant is what initially triggered these feelings towards him. There were several reasons Cassio's appointment enraged Iago to the point of madness, first Cassio was a Florentine and Iago found it despicable that a Florentine could and would be named lieutenant to the general of Venice.
From this anger comes the main conflict of the play. Iago plans to ruin Othello and Cassio by carrying out a plan based on lies and deceit. This plan will make Iago the only person that Othello believes he can trust, and Iago will use this trust to manipulate Othello. Foremost, Iago first plan to ruin Othello is to use Roderigo s weakness to help him remove Cassio from his lieutenant position, which will in turn lead to both Othello s and Cassio s demise. Iago tells Roderigo to "put money in thy purse" (Shakespeare 53).
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
“It is pride, not covetousness, which is the Pardoner’s greatest sin.” How far do you agree? Pride has been traditionally considered the chief of sins due to it incorporating all aspects of the others as it involves false beliefs in a person’s own importance, is the sin through which Lucifer fell and became Satan and is the was the downfall of Adam and Eve due to them believing they could be gods themselves. In The Pardoner’s Tale the Pardoner is presented as ‘a ful vicious man’ implying that he has no morals and is engulfed by the sins that he preaches. Using the word ‘vicious’ is intriguing because of the sibilance and the snake-like onomatopoeic nature to the word. It represents him as almost inhuman as he has more serpent-like qualities.
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.
At this point, the reader can pretty much assume the narrator is crazy. The narrator is way too overbearing in his attempt to convince the reader of his sanity. It is almost like someone who has told a lie and is trying to convince others that it is the truth. The narrator’s pride and glory of his sanity argument is the way in which he handled things with the room mate he supposedly loved. He reveals that the roommate had an evil eye, like that of a vulture, and his “blood ran cold” whenever it looked upon him.
ENGL 1102-- revision of Iago’s misery 13 October 2011 In every play there is a character who sticks out and amazes you. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is that character. He is arguably one of Shakespeare's most complex and malicious villains. Iago takes on the role of a person warped within his own thoughts and feelings, torn by a professional set back, and consumed by hatred. Although Iago thought he was better than all others and more worthy than all of his comrades, his imagination got the best of him as he fed on his very own misguided mentality.
Therefore, gradually Iago begins to plant seeds of doubt into Othello’s mind over his trust for Desdemona. This is suggested when he says “Ha! I like not that” in act 3 scene 3 suggesting sexual relations have taken place between Cassio and Desdemona, whilst he tries to pretend that this was a slip of the tongue. This begins Othello’s deterioration of trust for Desdemona while seemingly increasing the trust he holds for Iago. This also creates dramatic irony as we know Iago did this intentionally to spite Othello.