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Iago Power In Othello by William Shakespeare Iago manipulates the actions of others in a self-serving theme to benefit himself react in a way that only benefits him Iago belongs to a class of characters whose heads are as acute and active as their hearts are hard and callous In a calculating clever way he uses trust to deceive those closest to him As a pivotal character his strategies affect Othello Desdemona Roderigo and Emilia and result in their tragic end Iago portrays a clever deceitful fellow able to manipulate personal relationships in a selfish manner For example Iago is aware of Roderigos love for Desdemona but becomes jealous of Roderigo and undermines that relationship Thus do I ever make my fool my purse For I own gained knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snip But my sport and profit I hate the Moor And it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets Has done my office I know not if-be true But I for mere suspicion in that kind Will due as if for shurety He holds me well The better shall my purpose work on him 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 After sometime to abuse Othellos ear That he is to familiar with his wife He hath a person and a smooth dispose To be suspected framed to make women false The Moor is a free and open nature That thinks men honest that seem to be so And will tenderly be lead the thnose As asses are I havt It is engendered Hell and night Must bring this monstrous birth to the worlds light Act 1 Sn 4 Iago not only uses Roderigo to further his ambitions but also steals his money
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