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A True Villain In all of Shakespeare none of his characters prove to be a greater villain than the manipulative Iago In Shakespeares Othello Iago portrays the evil essence of the play and is the one responsible for the downfall of the characters Unlike most villains Iagos intellect and knowledge of the other characters are his only devices Iago uses these qualities to gain respect and loyalty while destroying their lives Villains for the most part may use one or more of their enemies to get back at another and this theory stays true in the play Othello Iago achieves the goal of his plan by manipulating and exploiting the weaknesses and strengths of Roderigo Cassio and Othello As the play begins we see Roderigo is Iagos first victim Iago uses Roderigos love for Desdemona and his willingness to do anything for her as a way of funding for his malicious plan Iago has Roderigo duped Thus do I ever make my fool my purse For I mine own gaind knowledge should profane If I would time expend with such a snipe But for my sport and profit I hate the Moor Shakespeare 13390-393 Iago keeps re-assuring Roderigo he is giving the money and jewels to Desdemona which Roderigo is supplying to him but in fact keeps it for himself Through Iagos manipulations Roderigo is now broke and has actually ruined his life and Iagos profit is he has received funding for his plan Roderigo cannot see this for his love for Desdemona blinds him Even the well-mannered Cassio has now become a defenseless victim in Iagos malicious plan Iagos hate for Cassio began when Iago himself was passed for a promotion over Cassio in Othellos command thus his reason for hating both of his fellow soldiers and commitment to destroy their lives Iago utilizes Cassios good manners and courtly gestures as a way of making it seem
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