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Throughout all of literary history there have been two basic types of characters the protagonist or hero and the antagonist or villain Perhaps the greatest villain of all time is most greatly expressed in Shakespeares tragedy Othello The villain Iago would hold a place in any dictionary next to the word villain better than any antagonist in the history of all written or spoken word rivaled only by Satan himself He expresses evil deceit and wickedness in the purest of forms These are the qualities that make Iago the total antithesis of heroism From the very beginning of the play it is clear that Iago is an evil figure He clearly states in the first scene his undying hatred for the hero Othello At first glance such hatred seems unfounded The only explanation that he gives in the beginning to the rather rubish character Roderigo is that he wants revenge for being passed over for a promotion to lieutenant by his commander Othello We later find that he has an underlying ridiculously unfounded jealousy that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia Those are only superficial reasonings for his hate though The real characteristics that make up his depravity and keep his machination of revenge alive are as innumerable as they are evil An entire essay could be written on that subject alone The most obvious characteristic keeps him going is his ability to uphold a facade of being honest and trustworthy This is done mostly by playing a role as a reluctant truth-teller Through this he gains the blind trust of Othello Roderigo and almost every other character in the play This makes him very convincing which is another characteristic that is so vital to the success of his plot The ease with which he convinces Roderigo to play along in his scheme is one of the most essential elements in that scheme The complete control over almost all of the characters in
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