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In the tragic play Othello by William Shakespeare Shakespeare presents the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good Ultimately it is the forces of evil that led to the demise of Othello a noble Venetian Moor who was thought to be an honorable soldier and a worthy leader Othellos breakdown led in the murder of his wife Desdemona who represented the good in nature The villain Iago provoked the evil contained in Othello Iago perfectly represents evil because of his cunning untrustworthy and selfish nature These traits were beneficial because they gave him the motivation to cause demise in others Without being able to manipulate his oppressors Iago would not have been able to prevail Indeed the statement the struggle to achieve dominance over others frequently appears in fiction applies to the character Iago who used the wrath of evil to dominate good The play begins with Iago having immediately taken advantage of Roderigo Roderigo had paid Iago to enkindle a love match between him and Desdemona yet Iago had failed Roderigo protests Iago who hast had my purse As if the strings were thine shouldst know of this I i 2-3 In response Iago swears by Gods blood that If ever I did dream of such a matter Abhor me I i 5-6 However this was only one of the many fronts Iago used to gain the trust of Roderigo In reality Iago solely intended on using Roderigo as an apprentice in plotting Othellos demise When Iago states that Thus do I ever make my fool my purse I iii 385 it is obvious that Iago is fully aware of Roderigos nave character He knows that Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and figures that he would do anything to have her as his own In Act I Scene iii Iago repeatedly tells Roderigo to put money in thy purse so that he could buy Desdemonas love
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