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One of the most interesting characters and facets of Othello is its villain Iago Throughout the play Iago makes himself out to be a very assured and controlled man Yet in reality not only is he unsure of himself but he does not have much self-esteem either He is in fact one of the only players in this play who is truly jealous His self doubt and need to boost his ego is what leads him to create jealousy in others in order to not only bring about their downfall but his as well This paper will focus on Iagos uncertainty about himself and how it develops throughout the play bringing about his downfall Iago can be considered one of the most interesting characters in this play because he is such a contradiction Iago has always been known as an honest person Othello trusts him completely and admits that A man he is of honesty 13283 There are also countless times in the play that Iago is referred to as honest Iago 13293 If one looks in the Oxford English Dictionary under the word honest the most fitting meaning when characters speak of Iago in this play is in early use in a wide sense Of good moral character virtuous upright well-disposed OED 3a Everyone in the play including Othello trusts Iago implicitly They would never expect him to do anything deceptive or act out in any way that would damage their character What is extremely interesting about Iago and his honest nature is that for as much as Iago plots and schemes against Othello Cassio Roderigo and Desdemona he himself calls himself honest a number of time in the play In fact Iago calls himself honest 6 times throughout the course of the play What is interesting is that he only calls himself honest in front of or right after he has had an encounter with Cassio or Othello the
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