Essay on Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Othello '

1478 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
From beginning to end Iago moves the characters of Othello as if they were chessmen. He uses their individual aspirations, and passions to motivate them to whatever devious plan he desires. His adroit manipulation of those characters range from convincing Rodrigo to serve Cassio another glass of wine, to leading Othello to the conclusion that only by killing Desdemona could he save himself and mankind from her treacherous acts of infidelity. However, in each case Iago does not have to push very hard because his suggested actions either seem harmless resolutions to each characters woe or take advantage of character flaws. In each case, because he does not have to push very hard, he is able to maintain an air of apathy while promoting his ultimate malevolent goals ' 'I am not what I am ' '. In this manner, Iago manipulates Cassio, Desdemona, Emilia, Rodrigo, and Othello to play their separate pieces in the puzzle that will ultimately mean Desdemona 's death. Iago takes advantage of both Cassio 's yearning for his old position of lieutenant as well as Desdemona 's good hearten nature in order create the image that Desdemona is being unfaithful with him. Cassio loses his lieutenancy do to his drunkenness and brawl with Rodrigo and Montano. ' 'I love thee, but nevermore be lieutenant of mine ' '. Dejected, Iago turns to Iago, a self-proclaimed, honest man, who happens to be nearby. Iago has succeeded in reducing Cassio to a pitiful state in which he will be highly suggestible…

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