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Othello - Analysis of Iago- Shakespeares Iago is one of Shakespeares most complex villains At first glance Iagos character seems to be pure evil However such a villain would distract from the impact of the play and would be trite Shakespeare to add depth to his villain makes him amoral as opposed to the typical immoral villain Iagos entire scheme begins when the ignorant ill-suited Cassio is given the position he desired Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the position he feels he most justly deserves Iago deceives steals and kills to gain that position However it is not that Iago pushes aside his conscience to commit these acts but that he lacks a conscience to begin with Iagos amorality can be seen throughout the play and is demonstrated by his actions For someone to constantly lie and deceive ones wife and friends one must be extremely evil or in the case of Iago amoral In every scene in which Iago speaks one can point out his deceptive manner Iago tricks Othello into beleiving that his own wife is having an affair without any concrete proof Othello is so caught up in Iagos lies that he refuses to believe Desdemona when she denies the whole thing Much credit must be given to Iagos diabolical prowess which enables him to bend and twist the supple minds of his friends and spouse In todays society Iago would be called a psychopath without a conscience not the devil incarnate Iago also manages to steal from his own friend without the slightest feeling of guilt He embezzles the money that Roderigo gives him to win over Desdemona When Roderigo discovers that Iago has been hoarding his money he screams at Iago and threatens
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