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An Analysis Of Iago’s Characterization In “Iago’s Art Of War: The “Machiavellian Moment” In Othello” By Ken Jacobsen

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As well, a Machiavellian villain is someone who can be categorized as duplicitous or deceitful. Jacobsen does not elaborate as fully on this point however, that is not to say there is no evidence in the play. Jacobsen does say that, “No ideal of civic virtue or social solidarity animates the innovator’s pursuit of power; he cares only to achieve “peculiar” or private ends, and he inflames the private resentments of the other characters, turning them against one another” (527). Iago rejects morality and is concerned only with achieving his goals to defeat Othello and displace Cassio. The reason he allows himself to remain subordinate to Othello is that, “In following him I follow but myself---- / Heaven is my judge, nor I for love or duty, / But for seeming so for my peculiar end” (1.1.60-62). He has little concern for who gets hurt in his pursuit of his own aims, going so far as to stab Roderigo and Emilia to protect himself. One of the ways he seeks to achieve this particular end is by telling opposite versions of the truth. In Act 1 Scene 2 Iago lies to Othello claiming that it was Brabantio and not himself that said those lewd things about him and Desdemona and behaves as though he had defended Othello and not Brabantio. Iago is duplicitous in the sense that his words directly contradict his actions. Iago admits that he seeks to, “Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me / For making him egregiously an ass / And practicing upon his peace and quiet” (2.1.310-312). Othello fully trusts Iago’s counsel despite the fact that he is the one responsible for his problems. Othello is not the only one subject to Iago’s deceit. Desdemona falls for it as well when Iago claims to have no knowledge of why Othello is so enraged with her. Iago’s deceit is the central driving force of the play as well as an important characteristic of Machiavellianism.

A final characteristic of a Machiavellian villain is the ability to understand and manipulate the psychology of others. Jacobsen asserts that, “the Machiavellian commander requires detailed knowledge of his enemy’s character: “It is of great importance to know the qualities and disposition of the enemy’s general” (507). This is perhaps Iago’s greatest strength. His finely laid plans almost unravel when Othello becomes desperate, threatening Iago and nearly identifying him as the source of his torment. By discerning Othello’s psychological state, Iago is able to diffuse his anger towards him and divert it towards Desdemona in what Jacobsen calls, “a move consonant with rhetorical precept and Machiavellian psychology” (510). Also, he must diffuse Othello’s anger in order to prevent a direct confrontation with Desdemona...

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