So that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry, why the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills. He is not the typical villain that you might see in a story or play. It is made apparent that his one true goal is simply the object of his desires, Desdemona; his obvious and overpowering love for her tragically leads to his pitiful end. Contrary to his underhanded self-flattery, Iago seems to have no soul; he never repents, never lets up with his schemes, and never seems to tire of the damage he causes. Desdemona arrives later with Iago and Emilia.
Iago's amorality can be seen throughout the play and is shown by his actions. Using deceit and manipulation, Iago, whose pride has been injured by Othello after he is overlooked for promotion, gets revenge when he convinces Othello that Desdemona has been having an affair with his lieutenant, Cassio. Or, is this merely an excuse to go after him? In this manner, we are colluders, silent witnesses of his evil, failing to intervene. He tells Othello that Brabantio is upset, and will probably try to tear Desdemona from him. Their characters unfold through their interaction with others and how they behave in isolation. He mentions he believes Othello is having an affair with his wife, Emilia.
Cassio comes at last, as do Roderigo and Brabantio; Iago threatens Roderigo with violence, again making a false show of his loyalty to Othello. The play begins on the grand scale of a military romance unfolding on the Mediterranean Sea. In their childhood, these people must had obstacles that were in their way, causing each individual to either work harder or give up. He is able to keep his true thoughts and motives from everyone. Iago believed in a world of just, he believed that nothing was going his way, he did not gain lieutenancy, his rank in society was completely reliable on Othello, he was jealous of Othello and Cassio, and most of all honesty was getting him nowhere. Under pressure, he makes an inspiring speech.
Also that in the context of this play people might have been a racist and not have seen Othello as a hero but Ago being a victim of Othello because his color and that they might believe that Othello does not deserve being a general. Thus credulous fools are caught. I follow to serve my turn upon him: We cannot all be masters, nor all masters Cannot be truly follow'd Iago - Act I, Scene i Bitter about being passed up for Cassio's post, Iago reveals he serves Othello only to serve himself. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and gets him closer to his goals. At the start of the play, he claims to be annoyed at Othello for having passed him over for the post of lieutenant.
We tend to think of evil people as being brutal and insensitive, or at least disconnected from the people they hurt. Throughout the entire book, Othello, Iago attempts to convince numerous people in order to in the end only benefit and help himself. Iago then plans and viciously accepts that position. Act I, scene iii: A council-chamber. The person who possesses the evil characteristics in the story is often labeled the villain. Iago is able to get others to behave in the way he wants them to and many lives, including the life of his wife when she gets in the way, are lost in the process.
In the beginning of the play it is revealed to the reader through the conversation between Iago and Rodriguez that Iago loathes Othello because he was not assigned the position of Lieutenant. Richard has been frequently compared to the medieval character Vice by the critics. Iago might say things that suggest what his motive is, but he soon contradicts himself with another suggestion making it extremely difficult to understand him. Iago feeds Othello his lies in order to make him doubt not only himself, but Desdemona as well. Brabantio panics, and calls for a search party to find Desdemona. After many years on campaign, Othello has come to live in Venice, among the sophisticated people of the city. This battle between order and chaos is a theme running throughout the play, and as Othello sinks deeper into distrust of Desdemona and is consumed by his jealousy, chaos increases and threatens to devour him.
And, noble signior, If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Your son-in-law is far more fair than black. Iago plans to plant the seeds of jealousy in Othello. GradeSaver, 29 September 2014 Web. Indeed, his powers of language successfully win the Duke over, and soften Brabantio's disapproval. Whereas Iago pretended to be supportive of Othello's marriage to Desdemona, when Cassio enters, he uses a rather uncomplimentary metaphor to describe the coupling. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. He deceives, kills, steals and stops at nothing just to get what.
Interesting to Othello, each character is guided by their experiences outside of the play. A soliloquy is side speech given by a character that is directed to the audience; it most often used to reveal emotions or thoughts of a character in a play. No other character can even come close to his evil. Fate is cruel to Othello, like the cruel fate of ancient Greek tragedies. Iago Character Introduction directory search Shakespeare's Characters: Iago Othello Driven by an overpowering lust for evil rivaled only by Satan, Iago grabs the title as worst Shakespeare villain hands down.