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I am not what I am Ii62 declares Iago to Roderigo near the beginning of Shakespeares Othello who will not take action because he is slow-witted Iagos love of deception signals his evil He is a deranged individual full of envy who wants to cause chaos and pain In acts I and II Iago bent on bringing forth the destruction of Othello gives to himself a list of motives for his hatred His first motive the fact that Othello gave the job of lieutenant to Michael Cassio is the only one that makes sense for him to hate Othello Not getting the job causes him feel to feel like a professional failure hence causing a desire for revenge When Roderigo responds to says I would not follow him then Ii38 Iago responds with I follow him to serve my turn upon him Ii39 That is he pretends to be friends with Othello in order to get revenge He then gives a list of reasons all weak for hating Othello The second reason is fear of Othello having a relationship with Emilia saying that Othello has twixt his sheets Has done his office Iiii378-379 with only mere suspicion in that kind Iiii380 to back it up Similarly when he gives his third motive that he loves Desdemona not out of absolute lust though peradventure he stands accountant for as great a sin but partly led to diet his revenge IIi292-294 Yet another reason that Iago does not directly state but is implicit is his sickening jealousy of Othellos love and happiness with Desdemona Iagos reasons though weak show him to be disturbed human with inhumane methods of achieving his goal In his monologues and speeches to Roderigo Iago reveals how emotionally sick he is After Roderigo leaves the stage Iago says how he has nothing to do with him other than for sport and profit Iiii377 These same words sport and
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