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Iago in Shakespeares Othello Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello by William Shakespeare is Honest Iago Through some carefully thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals He is the main driving force in this play pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end Iago is not your ordinary villain The role he plays is rather unique and complex far from what one might expect Iago is smart He is an expert judge of people and their characters and uses this to his advantage For example he knows Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and figures that he would do anything to have her as his own Iago says about Roderigo Thus do I ever make my fool my purse Act I Scene III Line 355 By playing on his hopes Iago is able to swindle money and jewels from Roderigo making himself a substantial profit while using Roderigo to forward his other goals He also thinks quick on his feet and is able to improvise whenever
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