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Go back to the Shakespeare page for more texts and other resources. From beginning to end Iago moves the characters of Othello as if they were chessmen. He uses their individual aspirations and passions to motivate them to whatever devious plan he desires.
His adroit manipulation of those characters range from convincing Roderigo to serve Cassio another glass of wine, to leading Othello to the conclusion that only by killing Desdemona could he save himself and mankind from her treacherous acts of infidelity.
However, in each case Iago doesn? In each case, because he does not have to push very hard, he is able to maintain an air of apathy while promoting his ultimate malevolent goals: I am not what I am?
In this manner, Iago manipulates Cassio, Desdemona, Emilia, Roderigo, and Othello to play their separate pieces in the puzzle that will ultimately mean Desdemona?
Iago takes advantage of both Cassio? Cassio loses his lieutenancy do to his drunkenness and brawl with Roderigo and Montano: I love thee, but nevermore be lieutenant of mine? Dejected, Iago turns to Iago, a self-proclaimed,? II,iii,who happens to be nearby. Iago has succeeded in reducing Cassio to a pitiful state; a state in which he will be highly suggestible due to his desperation.
Iago first comforts Cassio asserting that,? Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving? II, iii,which is ironic since Iago has a reputation as an honest man when he deceives routinely, while Cassio is now considered a wild drunk when in reality he is Othello?
II, iii,and that with her as his petitioner his relationship with Othello,? In this scene, Iago masterfully utilizes Cassio? He then plants the idea of using Desdemona as his supplicant, on the newly impressionable Cassio.
And therein lies Iago? Iago is a satanic figure who endeavors to pervert that which is pure and good. Through his suggestion to Cassio, Iago can now be certain that Cassio will entreat Desdemona to petition for him with Othello. Cassio does implore Desdemona for he aid and predictably she responds that,?
Be thou assured, good Cassio, I will do all my abilities in thy behalf.? III, iii,and thus Iago? Iago will use their interaction to further extend his evil plot. Each time she suggests,? III, iii, 51 ,? II, iii,further. Thus Iago manipulates Desdemona?
Iago also manipulates the undeserving devotion that Emilia shows him. We learn from Emilia at the end of the play that Iago,? V, ii,the handkerchief that Othello gave to Desdemona: I found by fortune, and did give me husband? III, iii, nature, and yet she remains obedient even though she knows that it is her mistress?
Thus, as Iago was able to control Desdemona through her character flaw of good will, he is similarly able to bend Emilia to his purpose by exploiting her spousal devotion.
I confess it is my shame to be so fond, but it is no in my virtue to amend it?. Thus, with the promise that Desdemona might be swayed to divorce Othello and marry Roderigo, Iago procures whatever funds he wishes: Thus do I ever make my fool my purse?Iago carefully maintains a veneer of "honesty and trust" but like many people, his outward appearance belies a inner deception.
Iago is commonly referred to as Machiavellian, a term coined for. Sep 14, · By the time Iago has become a soldier, he can say something like that the creator of the greatest school of fencing, Agrippa, once challenged him to a swordfight and everybody will believe his outrageous claim.
In addition, Emilia explains that the reason women cheat is because their husbands "slack their duties" and "break out into peevish jealousies (87, 89).Emilia challenges obedience when she disobeys Iago in order to defend Desdemona.
Desdemona and Cassio will be seen together and he can now cause Othello to doubt his faithful wife. Iago explains to Othello that Desdemona and Cassio are lovers and it enrages Othello.
Find and save ideas about Telling lies quotes on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Lies and truth, Telling lies and Truth and lies quotes. What a tangled web we weave, when we deceive.
See more Emilia betrayed Iago by telling everybody the truth about his malicious plan, which resulted in Iago stabbing and killing her. It extends the dramatization of Iago's destructive influence beyond Othello (as does his later duping of Cassio and of everybody in the scene of Roderigo's murder).
The portrayal of real love and innocence through Othello is complex.