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The play Othello by William Shakespeare is based on an Italian story in Giraldi Cinthios Hecatommithi Grolier In Othello we encounter Iago one of Shakespeares most evil characters Iago is an officer in Othellos army and is jealous of Cassios promotion to Lieutenant Through deception and appearance we see unfolded many lies and clever schemes The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any forethought Noted writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes Iagos plan as motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity Scott 413 Iago seizes every opportunity to further advance his plan to his advantage Greed plays a major role as a motive for his various schemes and lies Throughout the story Iago portrays himself as a Satan figure In many ways Iago can compare with Satan Iago like Satan has proved himself to be a master of deception He lies to everyone taking great care to disguise his own thoughts For example in Act 1 scene 2 when he is speaking to Othello about his feelings toward Cassio he uses very strong language while at the same time he lies throughout the whole speech faking loyalty to a fellow soldier and all the while implying that he is reluctantly holding back the full truth I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth Than it should do offense to Michael Cassio Iii21-22 This deception impresses and convinces Othello that his officer is a good and loyal soldier Iago also succeeds in deceiving Cassio After Cassios drunken fight Iago counsels him to speak to Desdemona about trying to convince Othello to reinstate him as lieutenant all the while knowing that this will only prove helpful to his plan of having Othello see him with Desdemona Cassio answers him You advise me well Goodnight honest Iago IIiii332340 Thus even Cassio is capable of being deceived by Iago With all of this
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