He is married to Emilia and serves as a naval officer for Othello in Venice. He is acclaimed to be a rough and ready soldier in the field and is well liked by many. Iago is known as being the husband of Emilia, but is most importantly ascribed as the ensign to Othello. In The Serpent of Venice, Iago upholds the same description as Shakespeare originally wrote, but he has relationships with many new characters.
His soul is so unfettered to Desdemona's love that she may, make, unmake, do what she list. Even as her appetites shall play God with his weak function. How am I then a villain? That counsels Cassio drove directly to his good. When devils will their blackest sins put on, they do suggest at first with heavenly shows as I do now: So will I turn her virtue into pitch, and out of her own goodness make the net that shall enmesh them all.
It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on. Iago is the main antagonist in the tragedy play Othello by William Shakespeare.
He is a Venetian soldier, who serves under General Othello, a Moor a broad term in Shakespeare's day, usually along the lines of someone of North African descentand leader of the Venetian armed forces.
He is a master manipulator who excels in pinpointing people's weaknesses, such as Othello's jealousy, Brabantio's racism, Roderigo's love for Desdemona, or Cassio's low alcohol tolerance, and uses these to his advantage, without anyone suspecting him, always believing him to be the most trustable person they know.
Contents History Description Iago presents himself as an honest and noble man, but this a front to hide his true colors, and gain the trust of others around him, most notably Othello, whom he despises "I follow him to serve mine own turn. Out of a strong hatred for Othello, for numerous possible reasons, he makes the decision to ruin Othello's life by playing on Othello's jealousy and insecurities as an outsider in Cyprus, convincing him that his new Venetian wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio.
In Othello In the opening scene of the play Iago discusses his hatred of Othello with Roderigo, a young man Iago is taking advantage of and money from who wants Desdemona for himself. He explains that he was an experienced soldier and had served under Othello for many years, and thus was expecting to be promoted to the position of Othello's lieutenant.
However, the less experienced Michael Cassio was given the position instead, largely for personal reasons, leaving Iago with the title of Ancient. The two of them then stir up Desdemona's father Brabantio, informing him that his daughter Desdemona has run away with Othello.
Brabantio accuses Othello, but his arguments are turned down by the Duke of Venice, as Othello is needed for an upcoming war. Othello and his army, with Desdemona by his side, then leave for Cyprus, leaving Roderigo and Iago alone. Roderigo mourns that he is no closer to Desdemona, and contemplates drowning himself, an idea Iago quickly convinces Roderigo to dismiss.
He builds up Roderigo's hopes again, telling him to go and "Put money in thy purse" Iago, Act 1 Scene 3.
Roderigo goes off to sell his land, leaving Iago alone to give a soliloquy a theatre element in which a character is alone on stage to reveal their innermost thoughts. He states he sees Roderigo as just a fool to be used, and that he hates Othello for losing the position of lieutenant, resulting in Iago now actively working against them both to gain Cassio's place "To get his place, and plume up my will in double knavery.
He also states that a rumour has been going around that Othello has slept with Iago's wife, Desdemona's lady Emilia, and make the decision to ruin Othello's life by convincing him that now Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio.
Iago begins his plan by getting Cassio drunk, which results in him attacking both Roderigo the Governor of Cyprus Montano, causing Othello to demote him "Cassio, I love thee, but nevermore be officer of mine" - Othello, Act 2 Scene 3.
Iago then advises a disgraced Cassio that the best way to regain Othello's favor is to ask Desdemona to intercede on his behalf. Iago is with Othello when Desdemona requests Cassio's reinstatement, and here drops the first hints to Othello that Cassio and Desdemona may be dallying behind his back.
In the Third Act, as evidence, Iago has Emillia steal a handkerchief from Desdemona, which had been given to her by Othello as a special gift passed down to him.
Iago then plants the handkerchief in Cassio's quarters. He then tells Othello that whilst sharing a room with him Iago heard Cassio dreaming of having an affair, and says he's certain he saw Cassio wipe his beard with the handkerchief. Othello makes the decision to disown his Christian God, and makes Iago his new lieutenant.
Iago now has Othello right where he wants him, and tells him that "I am yours forever" Iago, Act 3, Scene 3. In Act 4 Cassio stumbles across Iago and Othello, whilst Othello has a fit in despair, during which Iago tells Cassio he'd like to speak with him shortly.
Once Othello calms down Iago takes him to overhear Iago and Cassio, claiming he will, to aid Othello, figure out from Cassio where, when and when next he will sleep with Cassio, but then reveals to the audience that his real intention is to get Cassio talking about his mistress or 'whore' Bianca, tricking Othello into thinking they are talking about Desdemona.
The plan works, as Iago and Cassio have a jolly discussion about Cassio's mistress and their exploits with one another, and sure enough, Othello thinks they are talking about Desdemona. Bianca then enters with the handkerchief and accuses Cassio of giving her a love-token given him by another woman.
Bianca and Cassio both leave, and Othello, who recognizes the handkerchief, is thoroughly convinced, wanting both Cassio and his wife dead. Iago convinces Othello to strangle Desdemona in her bed and promises to arrange the death of Cassio.
Later on, Iago is brought in by Desdemona and Emilia, with Desdemona lamenting the change in her husband, and tells Iago that she has been accused of infidelity.
Iago, again pretending to be an honest man, acts shocked and tells her that as Othello's closest friend he will do what he can to figure out what has gotten into him. Once Desdemona and Emilia exit, however, Iago is confronted by Roderigo, who lambastes Iago for not only taking all his money but also getting him no closer to Desdemona.
Iago uses flattery and his keen manipulation skills to convince Roderigo to give him one more chance, where they plot to kill Cassio. That night, Iago sends Roderigo to kill Cassio in an ambush attack.
Cassio however, manages to escape with his life, albeit a severely wounded leg.
Whilst everyone is in commotion with what has happened to Cassio, Iago kills Roderigo to stop him from talking. At the same moment, in the final scene of the play, Othello smothers Desdemona to death.Iago, The Honest Villain of Venice. Professor Lance Norman English 1 April Ago, The Honest Villain of Venice In the Shakespearian play “Othello, The Moore of Venice” we as readers are lead through a winding catacomb Of deceit by Nan-other than the amoral villain “Good and Honest Ago”.
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