My Wayward Husband Hath
In many villain “stories” there is a hero and a villain. There are many cases where one person is both the hero and the villain. In this case, Iago plays a villain but there is no hero to come out of it. In Othello, The Moor of Venice, Shakespeare sets the story in Venice, Italy. Iago’s character is a villain, that is also othellos ancient. Iago portrays as an excellent villain for the destruction he causes, all the taking advantage of others, and manipulation of others.
Jealousy is a major flaw that causes Iago to create this evil plan that lures Othello from being this innocent nice man that later becomes obliterated. Iago can be shown as a masterful plotter and artist of evil. He enjoys ruining others lives, he could even consider it as a hobby. Iago starts chatting with Roderigo in a council chamber, the way he discusses hurts Othello. His words hurt Othello so much because he knows Othello so well. He tends to get into his head. Iago quotes, “Virtue? A fig!’Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.”(1.3.763) This quote reflects on how Iago causes destruction for others.
Through Iagos actions and dialogue he is very capable of manipulating just almost anyone. Iago even tricked his wife, Emilia to be in his secret plan. Emilia is tricked into taking Desdemona’s handkerchief, and leaves it in Cassio’s house, causing Desdemona to become upset over the fact that she “lost” her handkerchief, “My wayward husband hath a hundred times / Wooed me to steal it” (3.3.799). Desdemona wonders as to why Iago had her steal the handkerchief, but he simply never gives her an answer. Emilia is so scared of disappointing Iago, therefore she only does what is asked of him and keeps the questions wondering in her head. Iago is very capable of manipulating many characters, but he had great advantage over Emilia with her causing the most chaos.
One flaw that makes Iago so cruel is taking advantage of others. Othello is another character that Iago learns to control for his pleasure. Othello seemingly trusts Iago, because he is learned to be called the Honest one of the others, “Honest Iago” (2.3.781). Although Othello believes to be good friends with Iago, Iago secretly despises him because Iago wasn’t chosen to be lieutenant, “I have / told thee often, and I retell thee again and again, I hate the Moor” (1.3.764). Othello believes everything that is said from Iago, therefore he is easily lured into Iagos trap.Iago says to Roderigo, “O, Sir, content you. / I follow him to serve my turn upon him. / We cannot all be masters, nor all masters / Cannot be truly followed” (1.1.744). Iago bluntly shows that he is trying to take advantage of Othello by helping under him. Iago thinks taking advantage of “Othello” he soon would become lieutenant himself. He successfully takes advantage of him through all the lies he informs to Othello.
Iago’s character in Othello,The Moor of Venice, Othello is known as a legendary villain in all literature. Iagos manipulation of Othello along with others caused innocent deaths of many characters; Desdemona, Othello and Roderigo. Iago successfully reached his goals he had set in the beginning through the lies and manipulation of others. At the end of the last scene all of the characters realized that Iago is not as honest as he granted to be, he very well proved himself to be the most villainous one. Othello is very relevant to today’s society, considering the ways of manipulation, revenge, destruction and jealousy. Villains are found to be presented in every time era of history, from Shakespeare all the way to present day.