In the play Othello, Iago utilizes certain steps to help him in his strategy to control Othello to break his partner Desdemona and his colleague, Cassio. These actions assist him significantly in his strategy to release Othello against Cassio and Desdemona. Iago plays upon Othello’s own worries and strengthens those worries with lies and hints to help him with his plan. Initially, Iago lies to Othello and makes him think that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio.
The next action Iago takes to manipulate Othello is when he steals the scarf that Othello gave Desdemona from her and plants it on Cassio. Lastly, Iago arranges for Othello to overhear a conversation between himself and Cassio so that Othello thinks he is hearing a confession. These are the steps that assist Iago’s strategy to get Othello to turn against Desdemona and Cassio.
Iago makes Othello think that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio due to the fact that when Cassio goes to Desdemona for help Iago words the circumstance to Othello in such a way where he would think that Desdemona was being unfaithful to him with Cassio. When Cassio went to talk with Desdemona Iago notices that Cassio holds Desdemona’s hand as he talks with her, so when Iago realized this was when he made the strategy to make it seem as if Cassio has a preference for Desdemona. Iago makes Othello think that Desdemona is not as pure as she seems.
By doing this he triggers Othello to become upset with Desdemona and Cassio. The next action Iago takes to control Othello is when he takes the handkerchief that Othello provided Desdemona from her and plants it on Cassio. Iago handles to get the scarf since when Desdemona tried to use it to Othello while they were at dinner Othello pressed her away and she dropped it. Iago then obtains the lost scarf from Emilia and uses it to encourage Othello, together with his other incorrect stories, that Desdemona is an unfaithful other half.
As soon as Iago gets Othello to see that his other half does not have the handkerchief however Cassio does, he starts to believe Iago’s lies, which makes Othello a lot more mad towards them. Now that Iago has actually Othello started to believe Iago’s stories a lot more, that assists Iago’s plan to make Othello turn against his wife and Cassio. Iago recognizes that his strategy is working, so he continues to lie to Othello. Lastly, Iago schedules Othello to overhear a conversation between himself and Cassio so that Othello thinks he is hearing a confession.
Iago informs Othello that he will speak with Cassio and ask him about his sexual relations with Desdemona, permitting Othello to listen to the discussion. Rather, when Cassio concerns talk Iago asks him about Bianca, not Desdemona. By doing this Iago is making his plan much easier for Othello to believe. This upsets Othello even further due to the fact that he thinks that he is hearing all the information from Cassio’s and Desdemona’s affair not Cassio’s and Bianca’s.
The purpose of Iago making up these false stories is to make Othello upset with Cassio and Desdemona. His greatest objective was for Othello to be upset with Cassio. Iago wanted this since Othello provided the task of lieutenant to Cassio instead of more than him. When Othello did this it upset Iago greatly due to the fact that he believed that he was worthy of the task over Cassio because he had more fight experience than Cassio, but Iago didn’t understand that Othello provided the job to Cassio due to the fact that he had more book understanding than him.
Iago stole the scarf from Desdemona since he understood just how much it suggested to Othello, and the reality that she didn’t have it however Cassio did made him the most upset because that handkerchief is very important to Othello. In the end Othello promises to achieve revenge against Cassio and Desdemona. Iago does this by first, lying to Othello and making him think that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio.
The next step Iago takes to manipulate Othello is when he steals the handkerchief that Othello provided Desdemona, from Desdemona and plants it on Cassio. Finally, Iago schedules Othello to overhear a conversation in between himself and Cassio so that Othello believes he is hearing a confession. Iago winds up controling Othello to the point where he eliminates his wife and himself also, because Othello gives in to his worries and his natural jealousy. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. The_Arden_Shakespeare_Complete_Work. Thomas Nelson and Sons LTD; 1998.