Shakespeare 's Othello - Iago 's Greed Essay

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Iago’s Greed Throughout the play Othello, readers witness Iago’s betrayal that leads everyone to their downfall. Iago exploits everyone’s weaknesses and in turn this reveals his own weakness, greed. Iago’s weakness drives the play because Iago cannot get enough revenge to satisfy his greed and eventually loses sight of when to stop. Iago constantly asks for money, he is full of jealousy that seems to never be avenged, and he continues to deceive the other characters even after his motivations have been surpassed. Iago fulfills his beginning motivation to make things right; however, his greed is what prevents him from stopping the chaos he creates and this leads to the other character and his ultimate demise. Iago’s greed for wealth is visible throughout the play through conversations with Roderigo. In the beginning of the play during the elopement of Desdemona and Othello, Iago and Roderigo urge Brabantio to wake up in an attempt to end the wedding last minute. Iago tries to rile Brabantio by saying “Awake! What ho, Brabantio! Thieves, thieves, thieves! / look to your house, your daughter, and your bags! / Thieves, thieves! (1.1. 81-83)” When Iago does this he implies Othello is a thief and Desdemona is part of Brabantio’s wealth. This also is in part to Desdemona’s good name and high virtue which Iago compares to concrete objects of wealth. This observation is even noted by Robert Heilman in his analytical article, “The Economics of Iago and Others”. Heilman observes in…

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