Iago is the essential bad guy in ‘Othello’, the play by William Shakespeare. His envy and jealousy makes him rescind the life of his other half’s boss and the one in charge himself, Othello. Most often, individuals work to attain objectives which at times shows hard enjoying others, who are mostly less accomplished attain without much work. Such scenarios lead to envy and jealousy on the side of the more accomplished people. In the play, Iago is a soldier intending to be promoted as a lieutenant but instead, Cassio, a less knowledgeable soldier is promoted triggering anger in Iago making him desire to damage his employer Othello. As such, the crucial focus of this paper is to provide an analysis of Iago’s character and how it contributes to him accomplishing his goals.
Iago makes it clear that the primary factor for his desire to damage Othello is the promo of Cassio rather of him. However, he also has other motives for hating Othello throughout the play. For one, he stipulates the presence of an affair in between Othello and his spouse Emilia. In (1.3.369-370), he exclaims, ‘it is believed. twixt my sheets, he has done my workplace’. He also discusses a desire for Desdemona given that he wishes to revenge on Othello, he specifies, ‘partner for other half’ (2.2.266). Lastly, it becomes apparent that he has no warranted reason to hurt Othello making his character look like a vice figure, a character personifying immoral habits by putting others into temptation (Arenas, 2010).
He is a highly manipulative villain and successfully develops a strategy with his officemates, Roderigo, to destroy their manager Othello, Cassio, and Desdemona. He is so confident in his adjustment capabilities and successfully manipulates Roderigo into plotting his plan against Othello. While speaking with Roderigo, he makes clear his skillfulness, he says, ‘I am not what I am’ (1.1.65). He obviously appears to be delighting in bringing the lives of others to ruins. He also takes advantage of Roderigo’s weak point, love and cash, utilizing it to lure him into the plot of eliminating Cassio from the position of a lieutenant. In (I. 2.360), he tells Roderigo, ‘put money in thy bag’.
He uses his intimate knowledge of individuals and well prepared techniques to harm them. As he grows closer to Othello in his plot to eliminate him, he manages to encourage him that his partner is cheating on him with the newly promoted lieutenant, Cassio. He takes advantage of his understanding on Othello’s insecurities and utilizes this versus him. After effectively planting the seed of doubt in Othello, he moves on to putting Desdemona’s handkerchief under Cassio’s ownership as a confirmation of the affair. As an outcome, Othello rockets out of control and he accomplishments (Arenas, 2010).
Iago is also the most deceptive character in the play. To the other characters, he is credible and sincere. To Othello, he is ‘a man of sincerity and trust’ (1.1.1521). Unknown to them is his surprise evil nature. All through the play, he turns all his good friends against each other including those who trusted him most. He utilizes lies and deception viciously and cruelly to trick the one after the other, lastly embodying them all in an envious rage (Forsyth, 2009). He attains this by diving deep into their deepest issues and fears using them to ‘make the net that … enmesh them’ (2.2.1542). His deceptive nature also helps him generate numerous varied reasons validating his plots and tempting individuals like Roderigo in them.
Another essential quality of Iago is his evil and amoral nature. Regardless of lying continuously to his friends like Roderigo, he takes from him with no sensation of regret. He hoards the cash Roderigo gives him to win over Desdemona for him. When Roderigo finds, Iago quickly sways his mind with another fanciful plot of killing Cassio as the way to winning Desdemona’s heart and he accepts eliminate Cassio. Likewise, when Othello’s other half Emilia finds his plot, he perceives him as a challenge to his success and eliminates her. To him, she is a stumbling block and no longer serves any purpose. His ruthless killing of Emilia certifies him as a highly amoral and wicked character. Else, his character would more imaginary and tough to believe (Forsyth, 2009).
In conclusion, Iago’s character is so layer such that a person can easily dig deeper into his personality and subtleties, nevertheless, his essential role in plot development of the play is highly substantial. He is likewise a complex character whose true aspirations are shrouded in masks of deviance and deceptiveness that help make his produced visage. The godawful crimes he sets to commit are abstruse, yet, without his queer character in the play, it would be more of a romantic drama and less remarkable than it is (Forsyth, 2009). In other words, Iago is a bad guy character that the audience enjoys to hate, making the play while breaking the characters in it. Also, by using strategies portraying Iago’s evil personality, Shakespeare is able to make up a lead character that has actually for centuries captivated audiences.