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OTHELLO Iago the Chameleon - A Snapshot to the End of Act 2 In the Shakespearean tragedy Othello Iago is an important and dominant character Iago is portrayed to be a chameleon because of his very changeable nature and because he wants to take revenge from Othello for choosing Michael Cassio as lieutenant over him Iago has no conscience He is an angry man and is happy to take down everyone around him to get his revenge Roderigo a Venetian gentleman with higher standards and morals than Iago gets played into doing his deeds Roderigo is an obsequious and sycophantic type of a person He has a lot of money and is very gullible to such a slippery and devious mastermind such as Iago Iago as said earlier wants revenge from Othello for his choice of a Florentine for his lieutenant We see that Iago starts devising his plan in Act 1 Scene 3 in a soliloquy just before Act 3 He quotes - I hate the Moor And it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets Has done my office I know not ift be true But I for mere suspicion in that kind Will do as if for surety Iago states here that he suspects Othello may have slept with his wife He is not sure of this and admits that there is no evidence for this but declares that surety is not necessary Iago is not so much concerned with his wife being unfaithful but that he cannot stand the thought that it may have been with Othello He holds me well The better shall my purpose work on him This shows how conniving Iago is He will use the fact that Othello trusts him to get his revenge Cassios a proper man Let me see now To get his place and to plume up my will In double knavery How How Lets see By saying double knavery
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