• Iago is smart.
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  • Iago does this by using very scheming techniques.

In Act 3 Scene 3, we can see that Iago's plan of revenge is on progress.

However as the play continues we see Iago's hatred towards him.

The characters in Othello fall under the same category....

The theme of jealousy is demonstrated in the play by Iago and Othello....
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Before begins, Roderigo has been pursuing Desdemona, a Venetian noblewoman. One night, he hears from his soldier friend, Iago, that Desdemona hassecretly married his General, the Moorish Othello. Iagobears a grudge against Othello, who overlooked Iago for a lieutenant position and chose MichaelCassio instead; Iago now only has the low rank of ensign. Iago urges Roderigo to continue his pursuit of Desdemona, knowing that the Senator Brabanzio, her father, will greatly dislike having Othello as a son-in-law. Late at night, they wake Brabanzio, and on hearing their news, he angrily summons the militia toarrest Othello. At this moment, however, officers arrive to summon Brabanzio to an urgentmeeting of the Senate. They are concerned about the imminent threat of a Turkishinvasion fleet on Cyprus. Brabanzio goes to the council full of fury.

Leading up to Act 3 Scene 3, Iago has managed to lower Cassio's rank.

Iago in Shakespeare's play "Othello" is one of the worst villains out there.
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In the first scene Iago reassures Roderigo that Desdemona will grow tired of Othello, however Iago also tells Roderigo that Desdemona will choose Casillo over him....


No other character can even come close to his evil (Iago: The 1).

I believe that Iago longed to get revenge on Othello for previous issues.
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When Cassio goes to
Desdemona, he uses the occasion to make Othello think '...Seem that
Desdemona and Cassio are sexually involved…'

So, with this quote audience can imagine what Iago is about to do
without any suspicion turning towards him.

Iago, in the play Othello, is a very intriguing villain....
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Iago then tells him to
study his wife with Cassio and reminds Othello that, 'she did deceive
her father, marrying you' implying that she could deceive Othello

This is the driving factor to Iago’s deceitful actions in the play.

Ironically, Othello replies with,

''I think thou dost;

And for I know thou'rt full of love and honesty''

This shows how much trust Othello has in Iago, and that he values his

Iago is not the typical villain one would now see in cinema.

Iago plays on his deepest fears by saying that he is too 'old, and
black for her to love him' two of Othello's biggest anxieties, as in
the 1600s, blacks were treated unfairly and for a black man to be so
high in rank was very rare.

Iago’s very language reveals the level at which his evil mind works.

I heard thee say even now thou lik'st not that…

Othello would leap up and say this angrily, while Iago would remain
calm and innocent.

Iago, Othello’s ancient, is very disappointed at not being promoted.

When Othello
returns, Iago tells him that he stayed with Cassio recently and he was
shouting out 'sweet Desdemona and cursed fate that gave thee to the

Iago's speeches are full of dramatic irony which builds up tension.

I thank you for this profit, and from hence

I'll love no friend, sith love breeds such offence'

Othello calls the honorable Desdemona a 'fair devil and a lewd minx'

His belief towards Desdemona changes and he enters a pact with Iago
and kills her.