In traditional Shakespearean disasters the lead character is damaged through their own deadly flaw. The play Othello is different since there is a villain which is unusual for a Shakespearean disaster. In the play Macbeth, the terrible events take place since of Macbeths own fatal defect of aspiration.
Nevertheless in the play Othello; Iago, one of the main characters manipulates Othello’s deadly flaw of jealously which leads to the terrible ending of the play.
He says how he is utilizing Othello by “following him I follow however myself”; he is pretending to be loyal to Othello however is really doing it for his own advantage. Iago plans revenge on Othello when he provides Cassio the task of lieutenant rather of to him; he explains himself as “worth no worse a location” and is revealing that he thinks extremely of himself. Even after he manages to get Cassio dismissed and changes him as lieutenant, he still continues to perform his plan of destruction. This reveals that the reason of Iagos plans are simply for fun.
Iago tricks everyone even Roderigo who supports him, not knowing whatever about Iago’s strategies, he even concerns why he “ever made a fool my bag” which shows he is only using Roderigo for his own benefit. No-one in the play appears to understand what Iago is actually like. He manipulates everyone in the play to get their trust although he only uses them. Cassio praises Iago by saying that he had sung “an exceptional tune”, this is because he does not understand that it was in fact since of Iago that he was dismissed from the job of lieutenant.
Iago is seen as a manipulative and evil character, he betrays Othello by informing Brabantio that Desdemona is wed to Othello; “you’re robbed … an old black ram is tupping your white ewe”, he uses crude, sexual images to make their marriage seem worse than it is to make Brabantio mad since his daughter got wed without his authorization. He constantly makes racist remarks about Othello; by referring to him as “thick-lips” and attempts to make him seem like a bad character, because in Shakespearean times it was seen as wrong for a white woman to marry a black male.
Iago attempts to persuade himself that Othello has had an affair with is better half; “I hate the Moor, And it is believed abroad that ‘twixt my sheets He’s done my workplace.” Iago is envious although he is not totally sure that Othello has had an affair with his wife. He deals with Emilia severely he tells her to “be not acknown on’t” he makes her do what he wants and inform her to pretend she does not understand anything about Desdemona’s scarf. He also makes general bad remarks about females; “she provide you so much of her lips as of her tongue” he is saying that Emilia talks excessive, something which she shouldn’t do.
Iago has a basic dislike for women and stabs Emilia when she understands what he has done he also causes Othello to hit Desdemona in public and makes him call her a “slut” to her face. To make Othello jealous he constructs that Desdemona is having an affair but he just hints, “Lie–” this makes Othello jump to conclusions and finish off the sentences himself; “Lie with her? Lie on her?” Iago does not try to fix him “With her, on her, what you will” he just concurs with what Othello is stating.
In some cases when talking with Othello he says something and instantly takes it back to get Othello curious. Othello gave Desdemona a handkerchief which had actually been gone through his household, Iago informs Emilia to steal it for him and plants it in Cassio’s bedchamber. He tries to wind up Othello by discretely reminding Othello that Desdemona did not have the scarf anymore: “However if I give my partner a scarf”, he is tormenting him with the idea that Desdemona is not acting really devoted to Othello, like Emilia would to Iago.
Shakespeare utilizes asides and soliloquies throughout the play as a dramatic method. While speaking to Othello, Iago states “O, you are well turned now! But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music, As truthful as I am” it reminds us of Iago’s wicked nature, and demonstrates how he is preparing Othello’s damage. Soliloquies are similar to asides in what they carry out in the play. They advise us of what Iago is preparing and also show us what he considers what he has accomplished up until now.