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Character Analysis Iago An antagonist who opposes and contends against the other characters is an important element in any tragic play This idea is certainly well portrayed in William Shakespeares infamous play Othello Antagonism is the main focus of the play since Iago Othellos ancient betrays his those who are closest to him Iago is manipulative hypocritical and deceptive while spinning his elaborate web of lies To begin with Iago is incredibly manipulative He seems to be aware of how those around him will act and react to certain events Iago is a smart man who knows that he has to plan ahead in order to get to where he wants to be He is jealous of Cassios position and is determined to manipulate his way into it Though Iago does not posses any hate focused directly towards Cassio he believes that Cassio is just another pawn that will help him get to the top Iago tells the audience that Cassios a proper man let me see nowTo get his place and to plume up my willIn double knavery Iiii385-387 proving that he is plotting to get Cassios job To further his plan Iago attempts to get Cassio drunk and he is aware that it would not take a lot which he plans on using to his advantage Iago reveals to the audience his true intentions about the celebration when he states If I can fasten but one cup upon himWith that which he hath drunk tonight alreadyHell be as full of quarrel and offence IIiii44-47 He knows that even a little bit of alcohol will turn Cassios happiness into uncontrollable anger which will ultimately lead to his downfall Therefore Iago knows exactly what he has to accomplish in order to manipulate peoples thoughts and have control over any situation that may arise Furthermore Iago happens to be a very hypocritical character Though he is Othellos ancient and initially comes off
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