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Appearance and Deception Iago as a Satan Figure The play Othello by William Shakespeare we encounter Iago one of Shakespeares most evil characters Iago is an ensign in Othellos army and is jealous of Cassios promotion to Lieutenant Through deception and appearance we see unfolded a plethora of 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 Iago seizes every opportunity to further advance his plan to his advantage Greed plays a major role as a motive for his various schemes 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 at 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 of a manly soldier 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 ensign is a good and loyal soldier Iago also succeeds in deceiving Cassio After Cassios drunken fight Iago counsels him to speak to Desdimona 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 Desdimona 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 deception it is a wonder that Iago is not Satan himself He even gives an account to
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