Roderigo is upset because he loves Desdemona and had asked her father for her hand in marriage. Iago hates Othello for promoting a younger man named Cassio above him, whom Iago considers less capable a soldier than himself, and tells Roderigo that he plans to use Othello for his own advantage.
Iago Othello Driven by an overpowering lust for evil rivaled only by Satan, Iago grabs the title as worst Shakespeare villain hands down. The most obvious is that he has just been passed over for a promotion which has gone to Cassio.
He confesses to Roderigo that this is the reason for his hatred; the reason for his desire to ruin Othello: Iago suspects that his wife, Emilia, has committed adultery with Othello: It cannot be that Desdemona should long continue her love to the Moor She must change for youth.
When she is sated with his body, she will find the error of her choice.
Iago is using jealousy and anger as excuses to perpetrate evil. Even if Iago had received the promotion; even if he had no suspicions or jealous feelings, he would invent other motives to provide the framework for the diabolical mischief he must create.
To Iago, the ruination of Othello is a game: Let us be conjunctive against him. If thou canst cuckold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport. Iago is "an unbeliever in, and denier of, all things spiritual, who only acknowledges God, like Satan, to defy him" William Robertson Turnbull, Othello: A Critical Study, Iago has no conscience, no ability to perform good deeds.
Iago is a psychopath, and is not capable of forming affectionate relationships or feeling guilt and concern over his behaviour. Unlike Othello, Iago does not have the free will to refrain from wickedness.
The idea I like to go with is the portrayal and the clever imagery Shakespeare uses to present Iago as the devil; notice when he says "I am not what I am" it suggests he is the devil disguised as a human. When he found out the truth, at the end he stabbed Lago, who stabbed his wife for saying the truth. ― William Shakespeare, Othello/5(5K). “Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.(Iago, Act II, scene iii)” ― William Shakespeare, Othello. Shakespeare homepage | Othello | Entire play ACT I SCENE I. Venice. A street. Enter RODERIGO and IAGO RODERIGO Enter OTHELLO, IAGO, and Attendants with torches IAGO OTHELLO O devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman's tears.
His nature does not enable him to see the goodness in any one or anything; he is driven by a lust for evil beyond his control. The first of these is the fact that perfectly sane people exist in whom fellow-feeling of any kind is so weak that an almost absolute egoism becomes possible to them, and with it those hard vices — such as ingratitude and cruelty — which to Shakespeare were far the worst.
The second is that such evil is compatible, and even appears to ally itself easily, with exceptional powers of will and intellect. In the latter respect Iago is nearly or quite the equal of Richard, in egoism he is the superior, and his inferiority in passion and massive force only makes him more repulsive.
How is it then that we can bear to contemplate him; nay, that, if we really imagine him, we feel admiration and some kind of sympathy? Henry the Fifth tells us: There is some soul of goodness in things evil, Would men observingly distil it out; but here, it may be said, we are shown a thing absolutely evil, and—what is more dreadful still—this absolute evil is united with supreme intellectual power.
Why is the representation tolerable, and why do we not accuse its author either of untruth or of a desperate pessimism? To read the full lecture please click here.Shakespeare has built the character of Iago from an idea already existing in the theatrical culture of his time: the Devil in religious morality plays, which developed into the villain in .
“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.(Iago, Act II, scene iii)” ― William Shakespeare, Othello. 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 descent), and leader of the Venetian armed forces.
He is a Origin: The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice. Shakespeare has built the character of Iago from an idea already existing in the theatrical culture of his time: the Devil in religious morality plays, which developed into the villain in . Shakespeare homepage | Othello | Entire play ACT I SCENE I.
Venice. A street.
Enter RODERIGO and IAGO RODERIGO Enter OTHELLO, IAGO, and Attendants with torches IAGO OTHELLO O devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman's tears. A summary of Themes in William Shakespeare's Othello.
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