Extract from Text|My action|ACT 1IAGO I dislike the Moor: And it is believed abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets He has done my workplace: I understand not if’t be true; However I, for simple suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety. (1. 3. 12)|At first, Iago tells us of his hatred for the Moor is due to the fact that Othello chose to promote Cassio to Lieutenant, instead of his, therefore leaving the audience to believes that Iagos factor for wishing to ruin Othello is because of that. Nevertheless later on in the play, in Act 1, Scene 3, Iago exposes another possible intention for wishing to remove Othello.
Here he says that” ‘twix my sheets/ he has actually done my workplace”. Iago insinuates here that he dislikes Othello since he’s heard a rumour that Othello has dedicated infidelity with his better half, Emilia. Iago mentions that isn’t positive if its true, yet he will go along with the strategy to mess up Othello’s life nonetheless.|ACT 2IAGO” If I can fasten however one cup upon him, with that which he hath intoxicated to-night already, he’ll be as loaded with quarrel and offence as my young mistress’ pet(adjustment)|Here we see just how manipulative and computing Iago genuinely is.
Iago understands that Cassio is a mad drunk, thus will likely enter into a brawl, and this is exactly why Iago prepares to get Cassio intoxicated, regardless of Cassio declining numerous times. Iago desires Cassio to get on the bad side of Othello, since he knows that Desdemona will intervene, and help Cassio. Iago has currently planted a seed of doubt in Othello’s mind about Desdemona being unfaithful, and he knows that when Desdemona stands up for Cassio, that it will simply contribute to Othello’s jealousy and suspicion. Act 3IAGO” Look to your spouse; observe her well with Cassio; use your eye thus, not jealous nor safe: I would not have your totally free and honorable nature, out of self-bounty be abused; want to’t. I understand our country personality well” In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks They dare not reveal their other halves; their finest conscience Is not to leave’t undone, but keep’t unknown.|Iago here is verbalising his views on the unfaithfulness of Venetian women. He insinuates to Othello, that the ladies of Venetia are promiscuous and disloyal.
By stating this, Iago is able to even more manipulate and convince Othello of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness|Act 4Othello”Lie with her? Lie on her? We say lie on her when they belie her. Lie with her! Zounds, that’s fulsome! Handkercheif-confessions-handerchief”|In the start of Othello, Othello comes across as a well spoken gentlemen, as in his speeches he speaks eloquently and fluently. Nevertheless when Iago has successfully toyed with his peace of mind, we see Othello’s speech modification drastically. In this circumstances his speech is rather stunted, and he utters unusual expressions, “Zounds”.
We see his sanity gradually deteriorating, as he becomes significantly confused. This is all a direct result of Iago.|Nevertheless Act 5Emilia” Good gentlemen, let me have leave to speak. ‘T is proper I obey him, however not now”|In the beginning of Othello, the female characters are portrayed as being submissive and loyal towards the males in their lives, in particular to their partners. With this being stated, Emilia’s obedience to Iago is now gone as eh not just stands up to him however risks her safety to conserve the honour of Desdemona.|