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In the Elizabethan times there was a common belief that all beings belonged to a structure called the Great Chain of Beings At the top of the chain was God who was the absolute symbol of perfection followed by angels which had reason human beings and then animals that were full of passion It was believed that the human being was a mixture of both the angel and the animal thus there was conflict between these two halves of a human being The angel was representative of all that was right and virtuous and in contrast the animal was representative of all that was wrong and self-serving When Iago made the comment that Hell and night must bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light I i 394-395 his calling upon the forces of darkness to achieve his goal illustrates the imbalance in the conflict that rages in his soul Iago is an individual whos perspective of the world is dominated by his animal nature Due to his own lack of virtue Iago does not believe that any virtue exists at all In his actions he seeks to bring all around him to the same level of existence The motive for the evil he commits is none other than to commit evil Thus beyond all of the reason and thought that he cloaks himself in Iago is really a character that is truly dark at his core Iago is a character who believes that there is no such thing as virtue in any individual that he meets His animalistic perspective of individuals lets him believe that everyone around him has the same self-serving attitude towards life as his own When the blood is made dull with the act of sport there should be game to inflame it and to give satiety a fresh appetiteII i 225-227 Iagos animalistic nature believes that Desdemona will eventually cheat on Othello when she is satisfied with her body
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