In othello, evil is personified in one character, who however, wears the outward signs of virtue, life and conviviality and he is iago, who is the most unique villain of shakespeare. Othello's perception of identity varies greatly from that of iago in that he saw people differently and also had a complete opposite identity to iago othello's character is a combination of greatness and weakness. Othello's insecurities are so close to the surface that a few words of hint and innuendo from iago can tear the confident exterior and expose his fears, desires, and tendency to violence othello cannot stand uncertainty it drives him to destroy his sanity. Shakespeare's iago is one of shakespeare's most complex villains at first glance iago's character seems to be pure evil however, such a villain would distract from the impact of the play and would be trite. Iago, the villain in othello, is perhaps the most sadistic and consummately evil character in all english literature and his eventual downfall illustrates the triumph of love over hate, a key theme in many of shakespeare's plays.
Iago is young and treacherous he is a villain from the start, and though he cites his wounded pride and othello's alleged infidelity with his wife emilia, his actions are without justification he is immoral, but very perceptive, keen, and able to manipulate people into falling for his deceptions. Iago, however, is able to hurt othello so much because he understands him so well he even grows closer to othello as his plot progresses iago manipulates him so expertly that at times it seems he is actually inside othello's head iago's motives most other shakespearean characters do bad things in order to achieve a particular goal. The character of iago in shakespeare's othello the antagonist in shakespeare's othello is a demi-devil unequalled in malice, proficient at con and dexterous at manipulation he is a master of deceit and a servant of the devil. But he also hates othello the moor is even more of an outsider than iago, yet it is othello who's risen through the ranks, not him for different reasons, cassio and othello stir iago's deep, bitter resentment.
Cassio, ever the complement to othello's characteristics and personality, has the final victory in the twisted lie of iago's making, resulting in a victory of good over evil cassio, in the end, seems to represent the better man, the higher sophisticate in othello's mind than his own self. Iago remains one of shakespeare's most interesting and evil characters iago is able to influence each character in one way or another throughout the play based on his ability to find anyone's weakness through this cleverness and lack of care for others, iago is ultimately able to take down many characters in othello. Iago's number one technique was his ability to make people trust him he had just about everyone spun in iago's web rodrigo, othello, cassio, desdemona, emilia, and etc and he got every one of them to trust him, although he still hadn't got emilia into his web fully she still had suspicions about him.
Iago is so persuasive and very intellectual which is a deadly combination this is shown throughout the play in particular the scene were iago and cassio are talking about bianca but othello thinks it's about desdemona. Othello (oh-thehl-oh), a moorish general in the service of venice a romantic and heroic warrior with a frank and honest nature, he has a weakness that makes him vulnerable to iago's diabolic. The first scene of othello presents a conversation between roderigo, the disappointed suitor of desdemona, and iago, concerning incidents of which othello is the chief agent othello and desdemona have eloped, it seems, leaving roderigo disappointed and distressed.
Iago is the proprietor of the carnage, he oversees the destruction of five characters (othello, desdemona, cassio, emelia and rodrigo) and controls their views on each other he deems the lives of the aforementioned characters as insignificant, and treats them like pawns to meet his own ends. An analysis of iago's manipulation of each of the characters in othello the essay describes in detail iago's manipulation of cassio, desdemona, emilia, roderigo, and othello. Othello himself is the protagonist, and iago is his antagonist it's tempting to think of iago as the protagonist because he's the one who sets things in motion his plots prevail but iago is by n.
Iago is a fictional character and one of the major characters in shakespeare's play, othelloplaying as the main antagonist in the play, iago is emilia's wife, and othello's bearer. Iago succeeds in creating in othello an impression that he is a wise and honest man and is the general's greater well wisher he says, look to your wife, observe her well with cassio. Iago despite the play being called othello, the plot revolves around iago, not othelloiago actually has far more lines than the title character, with many monologues and soliloquies detailing his manipulations of the rest of the cast.
This juxtaposition between othello's transparency and iago's duality identifies him as a sympathetic character despite his actions othello is manipulated by the truly evil and duplicitous iago who has so few redeeming qualities. Othello and others in the play constantly refer to him as honest iago he has risen through the ranks in the army by merit and achievement, and othello, whose military judgment is excellent, has taken him as ancient (captain) because of his qualities. True character exposed in othello of all the characters in shakespeare's othello, none is more complex and unknown to the audience than iago.
The character of iago could be said to be divided between the positive persona of evil artist and conversely, the negative persona of dirty-minded soldier (this draws parallels with the negative and positive aristotelian opposing principles of 'tragic' and 'heroic'. Iago's wife emilia has virtually no place in iago's heart, yet they sewn by marriage iago's personality is complicated because of his attraction to desdemona combined with his hatred towards women. Iago stands supreme among shakespeare's evil characters because the greatest intensity and subtlety of imagination have gone to his making, and because he illustrates in the most perfect combination the two facts concerning evil which seem to have impressed. Iago, fictional character, the villain of william shakespeare's tragedy othello (written 1603-04) one of shakespeare's most intriguing and plausible villains, iago frequently takes the audience or reader into his confidence, a device that encourages close observation of his skillful manipulations and their disastrous results.