Think about Shakespeare’s Discussion of Iago in Act 2 Scene 3 of ‘Othello’. Othello is among Shakespeare’s catastrophes but also a romance of two lovers. Shakespeare’s tragic heroes constantly had at least one primary defect, which added to their failure. In Othello’s case it was jealousy; when he was informed Desdemona was having an affair. Other themes the play handles consists of hatred, racism, betrayal and discrimination. Although Othello is the main lead character in the play, however, in many methods Iago appears to be the dominant character.
Iago is presented in total contrast to Othello, and is the villain of the play. Othello is a reputable high-ranking basic whereas Iago is a lower status and referred to as in his ‘ancient’ or his ‘ensign’. Lots of critics frequently describe Iago as the storyteller of ‘Othello’; a fascinating character who is the main focus of the play. Numerous critics likewise see Iago as an intriguing character as he can be unforeseeable. At the beginning of the play, it is Iago and Roderigo who are the first on phase, not Othello. If one were to form an opinion of Othello from this discussion, it would not be a favourable one.
The audience is warned of Iago’s hatred of Othello since Othello promoted Cassio rather of him and his belief that Othello slept with his partner. Moreover Roderigo is envious of the fact that Othello has taken Desdemona as his spouse. In Act 2 Scene 3 of Othello, Iago exists as the puppeteer, constantly controling everybody around him. Critics have argued about Iago’s intentions for wishing to harm others however in this scene he comes across as vicious and harmful. The scene is set in a castle and opens with Iago trying to get Cassio drunk.
Iago inspired by his lust for power is trying to get rid of Cassio of his position as a lieutenant. Knowing that Cassio can not handle his liquor it would be most likely he would combat if he’s drunk and that would make him look bad in Othello’s eyes. The opening scene provides us with a brief exchange of Cassio and Iago questionable analysis on Desdemona. In the discussion, Cassio remarks are polite and complimentary to Desdemona stating she is ‘beautiful lady’, ‘fresh’, ‘delicate animal’, ‘modest’ and ‘excellence’. Iago on the other hand has a contrasting view compared to Cassio.
Iago suggests that Desdemona is ‘full of game’ and ‘sport’ which there is ‘justification’ in her eye recommends both characters have various views on women. Iago’s low opinion of Desdemona only deepens his misogynist view and his hate for females since of the control Desdemona has more than Othello. This can portrays his jealousy because Desdemona is an incredibly appealing character with a higher worthy status than his wife, providing him a factor to dislike Othello. Iago has the chance to consider his strategies in his soliloquy when Cassio leaves to invite some friends for a beverage.
One way we can tell the discussion of Iago as a character in Act 2 Scene 3 is through his soliloquies. It reveals Iago’s real character and intention to get Cassio intoxicated so that he loses control and ends up being quarrelsome to enter a fight with Roderigo, ‘Am I to put our Cassio in some action’. His skills of persuasions reveal his power to manipulate individuals into trusting him to cover his act of being an ‘sincere’ friend that adds to the presentation of his character. Iago’s clever point of view to observer this from an individual allows the audience insight into different schemes or tricks to his motives that other characters are blind to.
Additionally, Iago’s understanding and controling the weak point of those around him make him a powerful and engaging figure that Shakespeare have depict in this scene. Cassio who has been left in a position of duty by Othello will shame himself as a lieutenant and loose his position as part of Iago’s strategy that will get him power for his skill of understanding and manipulating individuals’s weak points, ‘If repercussions do however approve my dream’. Iago mentions he is willing to handle revenge on anyone that gets in his method of achieving Othello’s failure.
The end result would offset what he lost on his method and takes pleasure in the pain and damage he causes which he ‘authorizes’. The first soliloquy in this act reveals us how narrow-minded Iago is and does not have feelings or feelings towards the people around him or himself. W. H Auden describes Iago as a “Practical joker of a peculiar appalling kind.” W. H tries to represent Iago as a more gentle character than he truly is. Loyalty, love, relationship and guilt are all emotions that make us human. Iago misinterprets this idea of feelings, which leads him to his failure.
Shakespeare presents Iago with loss of psychological connections in his character reveal the catastrophe of how separated Iago is. Quickly after Roderigo raises the alarm under Iago’s instructions, Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to present Iago’s actions as he pretends to be the peacemaker. Othello aroused from his sleep ask ‘sincere Iago’ for an explanation of the disruption. Without being disloyal to Othello or to Cassio, he paradoxically follows Montano’s suggestions upon his honour as a solider to inform the truth of his variation of the night’s occasions.
While trying to conserve Cassio by making excuses for him, Iago withstands that Othello will have no other alternative than to eliminate him as his position for triggering a shameful show and tell. The paradox of Iago’s account, we understood that Iago constantly tries to underplay Cassio’s part in the fight, ‘I had rather ha’ this tongue cut from my mouth, Than it ought to do offense to Michael Cassio.’ With subtle additions such as, ‘And Cassio high in oaths, which till tonight/ I ne’er may see prior to’ and’ however men are males, the very best often forget’ reveals that Cassio has disgraced himself to befit a high ranking officer.
Cassio sacked from his lieutenant position, Iago pretends to be a true friend by advising Cassio to seek aid from Desdemona to get his position back. ‘This damaged joint between you and her hubby entreat her to splinter’. Shakespeare skillfully represents Iago as an evil mastermind who appears to assist Cassio, instead manipulating the circumstance in order to make it appear to Othello that Desdemona has emotions for Cassio when she advocates his task. This series permits us to see Iago’s manipulative nature in a constant circulation; from the way he has actually made others see him to the revelation of his true self.
The way he’s depicted, we are astonished by his mastery of switching exteriors or identities without a trace of regret. Iago when talking to Montano, questions Cassio integrity and his position as a Lieutenant. Iago handles to recommend his assistance and concern for his comrade while at the same time, ruining his credibility and honour. He points out to Montano that Cassio is a ‘solider fit to wait Caesar’ as second in command but his drinking routines matches his ‘virtue’ and implies he consumes every night.
Iago’s apparent concerns advances as he criticises Othello’s judgement for trusting Cassio to be his lieutenant shows his jealousy to be overshadowed and for that reason lost his ‘social class” that he lacks of. His hatred dominates him similar to he controls all the other characters. Iago seems to master all the emotions that may impact his exterior and never reveals a trace of nervousness that magnify the power he has over the characters in the play and his ability to control the circumstance to his will.
In addition when Iago protests to Montano that he is reluctant to highlight Cassio’s problems to Othello, as he ‘enjoys’ Cassio and would not wish him any damage. The paradox of this scenario is the reality that as soon as Montano suggest it would be an ‘sincere action’ to inform Othello, Iago declines. This is the only time we see Iago is speechless and to make him look more reliable, he indicates that his allegiance is to a greater kind of ‘sincerity’.