Iago is a fascinating character in the play Othello. He seems to be the main character as everything seems to evolve around him, he makes mischievous plans towards Othello because he hates him. “I hate the moor,” He is also being paid by Roderigo, (a dim but wealthy character) to make Desdemona (Othellos wife) fall in love with him so he can marry her. In this essay I will go through some thoughts of Iago and what he is like and why. Iago is intelligent so he knows that he is trusted by most people, so therefore uses it for his purposes. Throughout the play he is often called, Honest Iago.
He even says so of himself. I am an honest man Trust takes a long time to achieve and takes a few seconds to destroy. Iago is a master of destruction in this case using other characters trust to enforce his own plans. Iago slowly manipulates people’s brains, creating strange ideas in their heads. And what’s he — and honest, Iago says here that he is a master of deception, and that he is acting the part of a villain.
People never consider that Iago could be manipulating them, because he is known as Honest Iago. In act 1 scene 3 Iago thinks of a plan, to get revenge on Othello. He wants revenge because he suspects that Othello has slept with his wife. So to get him back he will make Othello suspicious of Cassio by making it seem that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. “Hes done my — if for surety.” Also this shows that Iago has no faith in his wife and thinks that she will cheat on him, but he doesnt like the thought that it could be with Othello. But Othello trusts Iago so it could be easy to convince him.
“Honest Iago” “He holds me well; — work on him.” Iago sets the affair up with Cassio because it will be believable for these two to be having an affair, the way Cassio acts is enough proof. “That I extend my manners; tis my breeding” It is also said that Cassio is a “Proper man” this means that he is handsome so most girls are attracted to him. Iago easily fools Roderigo, right from the start Iago has already taken advantage of him, by taking his money to set him up with Desdemona. That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse. Throughout the play, Iago tells Roderigo that he hates the Moor and wants revenge on Othello himself. “I hate the moor” He tells Roderigo to “make money” so that he can give gifts to Desdemona to win her over.
But what Iago is really doing is taking money from Roderigo for himself. He does not see this and goes along with it thinking that Iago will bring the two together in the end. At one point Roderigo talks of killing himself as he has no chance with Desdemona. Iago cunningly advises him not too, but to buy a fake beard and come to Cyprus with them. “follow though — usurped beard;” Iago also plays Cassio for a fool to in the play because Cassio trusts him like Roderigo. Iago wants to take Cassios job so he forms a plan that involves Roderigo.
On the night that Cassio is on watch Iago convinces him to have another drink so he can make him drunk. Cassio takes another drink even after disagreeing. I’ll do’t, but it dislikes me. Iago is able to make him have another drink because he is clever enought to. Roderigo follows the plan that Iago has set, making Cassio chase him for a fight, Cassio is then stopped by Montano who gets injured. Iago is asked what has happened and he tells Othello which leads to the sacking of Cassio.
Cassio is distrought by this decision Iago sets another of his plans up by convices Cassio to beg Desdemona to help him get his job back. she holds it a — she is requested. With this Cassios hopes were risen and he goes of on his journey to ask Desdemona. You advise me well.