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Honestly Hysterical Iago Essay

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Appearances are often deceitful. In the play Othello, Iago seemed to be a rather moral person to the other characters in the play. He used his honest ways and twisted words. The tragic events that occurred in Othello could have been avoided if Iago did not spread his lies.
In the play, everyone refers to Iago as “Honest Iago”, because he is seen as honest and gives good advice. The characters did not see his true colors until the end of the play when it is too late to save anyone. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and Iago used it to his advantage to do all his dirty work for him. In Act 1; Scene 1 when they stood in front of Brabantio’s house yelling outside that Desdemona has ran away with the Moor to get married, Brabantio made his way outside, and Iago told Roderigo that “Farewell, for I must leave you. / It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place, / To be producted (as, if I stay, I shall)/ Against the Moor.” (1.1. 143-146). He treats Roderigo as a seed and he planted him until he grew and killed him off “Thus do I ever make my fool my purse./ For I mine own gained knowledge should profane/ If I would time expend with such a snipe/ But for my sport and profit.” (1.3. 374-377). Iago was a genius and he took the characters weaknesses and used it for his own gain. He turned people against each other and caused chaos.
Iago uses Roderigo several times in the play, Iago tells Roderigo that Cassio is in love with Desdemona as well and that he should start a fight with Cassio when he is on guard and if he does fight him then Cassio will get fired and get him out of the way. Roderigo did exactly what Iago said and Cassio was indeed fired. Iago plants many seeds for Roderigo, but the last seed was the deadliest. Iago asks Roderigo to kill Cassio, and that will guarantee for him to sleep with Desdemona. Roderigo attempted to kill Cassio but he was unsuccessful and Iago kills him instead.
When it comes to Desdemona, Othello and Iago, Desdemona and Othello are similar to the characters Adam and Eve, naïve and trusting, while Iago is similar to the Serpent that told them to eat the apple. Iago gives Othello an apple and drives him to eat it all, to the core. Iago uses Cassio getting fired to plant another seed in his deceitful plans. Iago told Cassio to ask Desdemona to talk to Othello to get his position back, because Othello would listen to his wife. His real plan was to let Othello see Desdemona and Cassio together and imply that they may be having an affair “For whiles this honest fool/ Plies Desdemona to repair his fortune/ And she for him pleads strongly to the...

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