Character Analysis Of Iago From Shakespeare's "Othello".

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"I am not what I am" (I.i.62) declares Iago to Roderigo near the beginning of Shakespeare's Othello, who will not take action because he is slow-witted. Iago's love of deception signals his evil. He is a deranged individual, full of envy, who wants to cause chaos and pain.In acts I and II Iago, bent on bringing forth the destruction of Othello, gives to himself a list of motives for his hatred. His first motive, the fact that Othello gave the job of lieutenant to Michael Cassio, is the only one that makes sense for him to hate Othello. Not getting the job causes him feel to feel like a professional failure, hence causing a desire for revenge. When Roderigo responds to says "I would not follow him then," (I.i.38), Iago responds with "I follow him to serve my turn upon him" (I.i.39). That is, he pretends to be friends with Othello in order to get revenge. He then gives a list of reasons, all weak, for hating Othello. The second reason is fear of Othello having a relationship with Emilia, saying that Othello has "twixt [his] sheets / H'as done [his] office" (I.iii.378-379) with only "mere suspicion in that kind" (I.iii.380) to back it up. Similarly, when he gives his third motive, that he loves Desdemona "not out of absolute lust though peradventure / [he stands] accountant for as great a sin / but partly led to diet [his] revenge" (II.i.292-294). Yet another reason that Iago does not directly state, but is implicit, is his sickening jealousy of Othello's love and happiness with Desdemona. Iago's reasons, though weak, show him to be disturbed human with inhumane methods of achieving his goal.In his monologues and speeches to Roderigo, Iago reveals how emotionally sick he is. After Roderigo leaves the stage, Iago says how he has nothing to do with him other than for "sport and profit" (I.iii.377). These same words, "sport and profit", describe why Iago manipulates Othello and...

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