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In Othello by William Shakespeare the character of Iago cleverly and skilfully alters the appearance of reality within certain characters minds that are clouded by emotion While Iago does deceive both Cassio and Roderigo the most vulnerable character to Iagos treachery appears to be Othello By being a good director and manipulator Iago carries out his plan to exploit Othellos mental weakness almost flawlessly Iagos ability to bend and sometimes replace the truth with his own lies drives the overall action in the play To understand this play one must examine the tensions that existed before the play and what brings about the situations that are read You have to think about the relationships that already existed between the characters You have to imagine Roderigos passion for Desdemona picture Brabantios contempt for Othello envision the jealousy and distrust that existed between Desdemona and Othello before Iago arrived on the scene All of those factors were there before Iago put his scheme into action he didnt create the natural tension between all the players He merely made all of those already dangerous relationships fatal Othello is the both the perpetrator and victim of deception the deception of himself Othello deceives himself into believing that he is not good enough for Desdemona for I am black and do not have those soft parts of conversation I am declined into the vale of years this inclines Othello towards believing that Desdemona must have cheated on him As Iago had been Othellos Ancient for many years he has been able to manipulate Othello into believing that he is trustworthy and of good nature From early in the play Iago makes it clear to the audience that he plans on ruining Othello and Desdemonas marriage Cassios a proper man let me see now He hath a person and a smooth Dispose To be suspected framed to make women false Iago plans to at the same
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