In William Shakespeare's, "Othello", The Villain, Iago, Achieved Dominance Over Others To Prevail By Using The Wrath Of Evil To Dominate Good.

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In the tragic play, Othello, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare presents the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good. Ultimately, it is the forces of evil that led to the demise of Othello, a noble Venetian Moor, who was thought to be an honorable soldier and a worthy leader. Othello's breakdown led in the murder of his wife, Desdemona, who represented the good in nature. The villain, Iago, provoked the evil contained in Othello. Iago perfectly represents evil because of his cunning, untrustworthy, and selfish nature. These traits were beneficial because they gave him the motivation to cause demise in others. Without being able to manipulate his oppressors, Iago would not have been able to prevail. Indeed, the statement, "the struggle to achieve dominance over others frequently appears in fiction," applies to the character, Iago, who used the wrath of evil to dominate good.The play begins with Iago having immediately taken advantage of Roderigo. Roderigo had paid Iago to enkindle a love match between him and Desdemona; yet, Iago had failed. Roderigo protests, "Iago, who hast had my purse As if the strings were thine, should'st know of this (I, i, 2-3)." In response, Iago swears by God's blood that "If ever I did dream of such a matter, Abhor me (I, i, 5-6)." However, this was only one of the many fronts Iago used to gain the trust of Roderigo. In reality, Iago solely intended on using Roderigo as an apprentice in plotting Othello's demise. When Iago states that "Thus do I ever make my fool my purse (I, iii, 385)," it is obvious that Iago is fully aware of Roderigo's naïve character. He knows that Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and figures that he would do anything to have her as his own. In Act I, Scene iii, Iago repeatedly tells Roderigo to "put money in thy purse" so that he could "buy" Desdemona's love. During the course of the play, however, Iago is just taking these gifts that Roderigo intended for Desdemona for himself. Roderigo eventually starts to question Iago's honesty, "I think it is scurvy, and begin to find myself fopped in it (IV, ii, 193-4)." When faced with this accusation, Iago suggests that killing Cassio will aid his cause and Roderigo blindly falls for it. "I have no great devotion to the deed, and yet he has given me satisfying reason (V, i, 8),"comments Roderigo. With this deed, Roderigo is led to being slain by his own oppressor, by the hands of none other than the man he thought of as being honest, Iago.Cassio, like Roderigo, follows Iago blindly, thinking the whole time that Iago is trying to help him. However, during this whole scenario, Iago is planning the demise of Cassio, his supposed friend. On the night of Cassio's watch, Iago invites Cassio to join him in drinking wine "to the health of black Othello (II, iii, 28-9)." Again, this is a front Iago uses to seem respectful of Othello, but actually, Iago is masterminding his plot against Othello. In what appeared to be no...

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