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Shakespeares OthelloIn Shakespeares Othello Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othellos head that lead him to his own demise More importantly Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona satisfying Iagos immense appetite for revengeThe motive for Iagos devious plan is initially made clear in the first of three major soliloquies in which he proclaims Othello has had an affair with his wife Emilia And it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets Hes done my office Iiii381-383 The irony behind this line is where he continues I know not ift be true But I for mere suspicion in that kind Will do as if for suretyIiii383-385 Iago is so exceedingly paranoid and insane that he will go far as murdering and deluding even a general into murdering his wifeIago simultaneously conducts a devious plan to obtain Cassios position as lieutenant using Desdemonas prime weakness her naivety He disgraces Cassio by intoxicating him enough so he strikes Roderigo Othello then discharges Cassio of his Lieutenancy when he says Cassio I love thee But nevermore be officer of mine IIiii242-244 It was therefore understandable that he would fall to the mercy of Iago completely oblivious to the inevitable effects Iago reveals his plan to the reader in his third soliloquy when he statesHis soul is so unfettered to her loveThat she may make unmake do what she listeven as her appetite shall play the godWith his weak functionAnd she for him pleads strongingly to the MooreIll pour this pestilence into his earThat she repels him for her bodys lustAnd by how much she strives to do him goodShe shall undo her her credit with the Moor IIiii330-350The first instance of this plan comes to life in the scene where Iago gets Cassio drunk
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