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In Shakespeares Othello Iago carefully deceives Othello into believing that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio He is capable of doing this through a series of hints and suggestions that persuade and insert thoughts images into Othellos head that lead him to his own death Adding to all this chaos Iago tries to entice Othello into murdering his own wife Desdemona which would give Iago much satisfaction for revenge The motive for Iagos devious plan is initially made clear in the first of three major soliloquies in which he declares that Othello has had an affair with his wife Emilia The only thing about this declaration is that it is an assumption On page 25 it states And it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets hes done my office I know not ift be true but I for mere suspicion in that kind will do as if for surety act I Scene 3381-385 Iagos anger is so strong that it causes him to convince Othello that Desdemona has had an affair causing him to have the desire to terminate her existence At the same time Iago composed a devious plan to obtain Cassios position as lieutenant He bring shame on Cassio by provolking him to strike Roderigo Othello then removes Cassio of his Lieutenancy Since Cassios reputation was then ruined Iago then began to take advantage of Cassio because he realized that Cassio would do anything to obtain his job position again He is given the suggestion by Iago to go to Desdemona for help thinking that she would be able to find a way to talk Othello into giving Cassio his job back In the meantime Iago is filling Othellos head with thoughts of his wife cheating with Cassio The more Desdemona talks to Othello regarding Cassios reinstatement the more he believes the lies that Iago has told him In the end Emilia is the one who reveals the whole
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