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Othello Manipulation To Gain Power Manipulation is a very powerful word People use this tactic everyday to get what they want in life By deceiving people or tricking them into seeing a certain point of view people gain power To skillfully use the power of manipulation a person must use another persons weaknesses By using a persons emotions against them they can be manipulated with ease In Shakespeares Othello the character of Iago uses these tactics almost to perfection to achieve his goals The first scene of Act I illustrates Iagos use of manipulation Iago knows that Roderigo is upset about losing Desdemona to Othello Iago himself is angry at Othello for being passed over for promotion to lieutenant for Michael Cassio Realizing that by playing on Roderigos jealousy he can gain an ally to work against Othello Iago does this in a subtle manner He explains to Roderigo that he was passed up for promotion by Othello While doing this he makes Othello look inferior by reinforcing the fact that he is a Moor By pointing out that Othello is a Moor Iago causes Roderigo to become even more jealous because of the fact that he lost Desdemona to someone who he feels is of a lesser race It even seems that Iago is toying with Roderigo when he reveals that he is a fraud when he says I am not what I am Ii62 By using these tactics Iago has almost gained total control of Roderigo Iago uses a different tactic to manipulate Brabantio He changes Brabantios way of looking at the marriage of his daughter Desdemona to Othello He awakes Brabantio by saying Awake What ho Brabantio Thieves Thieves Look to your house your daughter and your bags Thieves Thieves Ii76-78 By saying this Iago shows a new perspective to Brabantio by insinuating that Othello has stolen his daughter Iago reinforces this when he
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