Iago 's Reverse Psychology : Othello 's ' Othello ' Essay
English I Honors
16 February 2016
Iago’s Reverse Psychology
During the peak of his career, William Shakespeare wrote one of his most unique and arguably one of his best tragedies by the title of Othello, the Moor of Venice. Othello is very unique for many reasons, as it takes hold of concepts such as racism, and it also is very different in the way that it presents its antagonist, Iago. Iago is not the average evil enemy character that is common in the thousands of stories where good is pitched against evil. That being said, Iago is still definitely evil, even arguably evil incarnate, but the way Iago is presented as this evil character is very unlike most before him. Instead of directly going about killing good characters throughout the play, Iago stays in the dark, secretly plotting the cleverly ingenious downfall of his master, Othello, and those unlucky enough to be around him. Since Iago is missing many common, human emotions, he is unable to fully predict and prepare for the destruction of good in the final act of the play. Ultimately, Iago does not completely succeed in accomplishing his whole plan, as he was unable to fully predict human nature.
At the beginning of the final act of the Shakespearean play, Othello, Iago says out loud to the audience, “This is the night /That either makes me or fordoes me quite.” (5.1.128-129). If everything goes according to Iago’s plan, then the people whom Iago wants to die, will die, and Othello will gain…