Montano is injured in the fight. In Othello, it is Iago who manipulates all other characters at will, controlling their movements and trapping them in an intricate net of lies.
Iago persuades Cassio to ask Desdemona to convince her husband to reinstate Cassio. Soon afterwards, however, Emilia brings Iago's treachery to light, and Iago kills her in a fit of rage before being arrested. The primary and predominant cause that brings about the tragic downfall of Othello is Iago's highly sophisticated art of dissembling, and his unbelievable understanding and ability for manipulating the mind and feelings of the every other character.
He pretends that he would like to kill Othello's enemies, including his father-in-law for talking bitterly against him; he pretends to be a best friend of Cassio, but would not hesitate to kill him because Cassio has betrayed the general.
Audiences of the time would expect Othello to be insecure about his race and the implied age gap between himself and Desdemona. Meanwhile, Iago sneaks away to find Othello and warns him that Brabantio is coming for him. William Shakespeare lago is a compelling and sophisticated villain.
When Desdemona drops a handkerchief the first gift given to her by OthelloEmilia finds it, and gives it to her husband Iago, at his request, unaware of what he plans to do with it. He demotes him, and refuses to have him in his company.
Hearing that the duke has summoned Othello to the court, Brabanzio decides to bring his cause before the duke himself. Themes[ edit ] Iago versus Othello[ edit ] Although its title suggests that the tragedy belongs primarily to Othello, Iago plays an important role in the plot.
In spite of his elevated status, he is nevertheless easy prey to insecurities because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his race. Iago then engineers a fight between Cassio and Roderigo in which the latter is killed by Iago himself, double-crossing his allybut the former merely wounded.
As he waits for an opportunity to further his own self-interest, Iago only pretends to serve Othello. He then denounces Iago for his actions and leaves to tell the others what has happened.
A good example of his making up a drama and directing it successfully for his victims occurs in Act IV, Scene 1, when Iago persuades Othello to eavesdrop on his conversation with Cassio.
Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona and then takes her to Cyprus, Roderigo is ultimately desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona.
Iago then accuses Bianca of the failed conspiracy to kill Cassio. The former governor Montano arrives, with Gratiano and Iago. Iago persuades Cassio to ask Desdemona to convince her husband to reinstate Cassio. As it hath beene diuerse times acted at the Globe, and at the Black-Friers, by his Maiesties Seruants.
Othello explains that Desdemona became enamoured of him for the sad and compelling stories he told of his life before Venice, not because of any witchcraft. Iago twice uses the word Barbary or Barbarian to refer to Othello, seemingly referring to the Barbary coast inhabited by Berbers.
The Moor misses his wife greatly, however, and comes to loathe the sight of his ensign. The one man who survived Iago's attempt to kill him, Cassio, is the only major character left standing at the end of the play.
Description of character[ edit ] Iago is one of Shakespeare's most sinister villainsoften considered such because of the unique trust that Othello places in him, which he betrays while maintaining his reputation for honesty and dedication.
Gradually, Othello becomes Iago's unwitting audience as well as his puppet. Written by William Shakespeare.
With Cassio, he is informal and friendly, and he pretends to offer him practical advice: Iago goads Cassio on to talk about his affair with Bianca, a local courtesan, but whispers her name so quietly that Othello believes the two men are talking about Desdemona.
From this time forth I never will speak word. The "Moor" then misses Desdemona greatly, and comes to loathe the sight of the "Ensign".
Critical discussion[ edit ] In discussing The Tragedy of Othello, scholars have long debated Iago's role—highlighting the complexity of his character. There are those who also take a less critical approach to the character of Othello such as William Hazlittwho said: Iago refuses to explain his motives, vowing to remain silent from that moment on.
The Folio also lacks a scattering of about a dozen lines or part-lines that are to be found in the Quarto. When Desdemona drops a handkerchief the first gift given to her by OthelloEmilia finds it, and gives it to her husband Iago, at his request, unaware of what he plans to do with it.
Michael Gambon also took the role in and ; their performances were critically acclaimed.One of the paramount illustrations of William Shakespeare’s expertise in character-sketch, Iago plays a crucial role in the tragedy Othello, and he is the driving force in this play, conjuring up every action and character to the ultimate tragedy.
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Shakespeare's 'Othello': An Analysis of Iago's Character Words Jan 7th, 8 Pages This idea is evident in Iago's traits and motivations, his interactions with others, his use of language and the use of others' language concerning him. A summary of Act I, scenes i–ii in William Shakespeare's Othello.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Othello and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Villainous Role of Iago in Othello lago is the most important cause of the tragedy, more important than any other cause, including the hamartia of gullibility of Othello, and the chances and circumstances.
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