Iago’s Revenge In Othello Essay

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Murder, deception, and tragedy are all found in the play by Shakespeare, Othello. The play Othello is set in the Elizabethan era, and is found on the streets of Venice. Shakespeare was a playwright, from the Elizabethan era (1600’s),who wrote many great plays that are still read to this day in age. Othello is a war general, an older man, and a black man, who, by the end of the novel, goes from having it all, to having nothing. This wouldn’t be possible though without the help of the incredibly deceitful Iago, who at all costs wants to ruin Othello and take his job as general. Othello isn’t the only target though, for Cassio, the young right hand man of Othello, will also taste the ...view middle of the document...

Iago notes that Cassio has done him no wrong, other than being the more apt selection for Iago’s would be job, but yet he contemplates a way to seek his revenge, and bring Othello down with him. Iago plans to make Cassio and Desdemona, Othello’s wife, look as if they are having an affair. He knows that if Othello sees Cassio and his wife together, being a little more than friendly, Othello would have no choice but to fire Cassio and promote Iago. That isn’t enough for Iago, and as the play continues, his plan grows, and becomes more diabolical than even he thought it could be.
Iago knows no boundaries, and this isn’t surprising since this is the guy who talks to himself every scene of the play. Iago is talking to Othello when they discuss Othello’s wife, and what he should do with her when he says, “Do it not with poison. Strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated” (265; 202-203). This goes along with the idea that Iago was going to make Othello resent, maybe even leave Desdemona, but it was never the plan to kill her. Iago became power hungry, and with Cassio out of the lieutenant position, he wanted Othello’s spot too. He drives Othello to believe that Desdemona has been cheating on him, to the point where Othello is convinced she must die. Later on in the play, Othello comes to Desdemona's chamber and strangles her in the bed, which according to Iago, is contaminated. With Othello found to have killed Desdemona, has lost his...

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