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Othello – Honest Iago

In the play Othello the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as “Honest Iago. ” Ironically, this could not be farther from the truth. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals. He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others. Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end. Iago wants vengeance on Othello so he targets his wife Desdemona.

He lowly poisons peoples thoughts so they have distorted perceptions of reality, without them even knowing he did such a thing. In reality, Desdemona is quite an outspoken woman for her time. She pleas for Othello to have Cassio around so her husband can have good, solid protection. This aides Iago as he uses it against her. He starts by casually mentioning to Othello that he himself is a bit suspicious of Cassio and Desdemona. He carries on gradually, ensuring that Othello can fully trust him every step of the way.

I hope you will consider what is spoke Comes from my love. But I do see youre moved. I am to pray you not to strain my speech To grosser issues nor to larger reach Than to suspicion (III iii 231-235). He even says himself that the advice he gives is free and honest so Othello wont consider that he is just being fooled. Iagos plan of deception centered around Othellos jealously over Desdemona. The whole time, Othello holds Iago to be his close friend and advisor. Iago knows that the icing on the cake must be some sort of visual proof.

He has his wife Emilia steal Desdemonas handkerchief and give it to him. Iago then plants it in Cassios room to imply that Desdemona must have given it to him. This proves to it to Othello. After hearing Iago stack up the cards high against Desdemona, Othello is enraged and sure that she must be having an affair with Cassio. Now Othellos reaction to the whole mess is that he wants to kill Desdemona. Iagos deceitful plan is continuing smoothly. Desdemonas reputation of being unfaithful leads to her downfall.

When she enies the scam that Iago put against her, Othello doesnt even believe her. Near the beginning of the play, after Othello marries Desdemona, her own father, Barbantio, warns Othello. Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee (I iii 292-293). Since she lied to her father about her marriage to Othello, people believe that she is capable of all sorts of lies and deception. This is one reason why Othello fell for Iagos trap so easily. Iago sets up Desdemonas reputation against her.

Unfortunately, Othello does not realize that she had been a faithful wife until after he had killed her. When he finds out the truth, he cannot live with himself, being that he was so gullible to Iago, that he also kills himself. These tragic deaths were caused by Iagos masterful way to manipulate the peoples character and use it against them. He reconstructed reality in order to make it the way he wanted other people to see it. They trusted Honest Iago and gave him the reaction he wanted.

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