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Shakespeares Othello introduces a striking and fascinating character Iago to all of its readers His evilness and ambition for revenge has the ability to grasp each readers attention and not let go And Shakespeare wastes no time in presenting his audience with such an astounding character As the play opens it immediately becomes apparent that Iago is already at work He is using his skills to once again convince Roderigo that he will persuade Desdemona to fall in love with him and in return Iago will aquire a portion of Roderigos great fortune Nonetheless it is not only Iagos evil ways that catch the attention of the audience his manipulative cunningness and his power-complex both play a major role in the unfolding of his character Although the antagonistic Iago is the perpetuator of the evil in Othello he is no fool On the contrary many scholars both contemporary and from Shakespeares time consider Iago the most intelligent character in the play This intelligence enables him to be very cunning allowing him to manipulate nearly every character in the play to his benefit He is also very careful in his choice of words At the beginning of the play in Act I Scene I while prodding Roderigo to alert Desdemonas father of her disobedience Iago tells him to Do with like timorous accent and dire yell As when by night and negligence the fire Is spied in populous cities Iago knows that the bigger they play out the scene and the more hatred they infuse in him the more likely he will be to cause problems to Othello He is also quick to leave the area before Brabantio comes down and calls him to be a witness against Othello his boss Iago is always quick to flatter or glorify someone before engaging in too deep of a conversation because he knows that it will soften him or her up and they will be more likely to
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