Essay about The Pitfalls Of Jealousy Can Cause Deception
“O, sir, content you; I follow him to serve my turn upon him: we cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly follow’d. You shall mark many a duteous and knee-crooking knave, that, doting on his own obsequious bondage, wears out his time, much like his master’s ass, for nought but provender, and when he’s old, cashier’d: whip me such honest knaves. Others there are who, trimm’d in forms and visages of duty, keep yet their hearts attending on themselves, and throwing but shows of service on their lords, do well thrive by them and when they have lined their coats do themselves homage: these fellows have some soul; and such a one do I profess myself. For, sir, it is as sure as you are Roderigo, were I the Moor, I would not be Iago: in following him, I follow but myself; heaven is my judge, not I for love of and duty, but seeming so, for my peculiar end: for when my outward action doth demonstrate the native act and figure of my heart in compliment extern, ‘tis not long after but I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at: I am not what I am.” –Iago I. I. 45-72
The quote makes Iago’s deception clear and hints at his lack of contentment, i.e., his jealous nature.
From this early point in the play Iago makes an important admission that he is not what he seems and…