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In Shakespeares play Othello Iago is the antagonist That is he is the villain in the play Othello He is the person who causes an action to occur which affects the other characters in the play This action may not necessarily be a good thing Iago is the catalyst for Othellos change He is the reason behind Othellos changing views of his wife Desdemona which results in the deaths of many of the characters in this tragedy In order to understand the role Iago plays in destroying Othello it is important to understand how Iago uses other characters in Othello to set his devious plot into motion Iago successfully manipulates the characters involved to further his evil plans He does this in such a way that the majority of the characters perceptions of each other change dramatically Thus leading to Othellos transformation and Othellos changing views and behaviour towards his beloved wife Desdemona Iago firstly uses Roderigo a Venetian gentleman in love with Desdemona and then Cassio in the process of annihilating Othello Cassio is Othellos Lieutenant Other characters Iago exploit include his own wife Emilia and Desdemona herself Iago goes to a lot of trouble to conquer Othello When Iagos interaction with the other characters is understood then it can be perfectly recognised acknowledged and understood how Iago causes Othellos perceptions of Desdemona to change so drastically and quicklyRoderigo is the first fall under Iagos spell of manipulation Roderigo is convinced that Iago is genuine and does everything Iago tells him to Iago easily convinces Roderigo to tell Desdemonas father Brabantio of Desdemonas elopement with a moor Iago and Roderigo tell Brabantio of Othellos marriage to Desdemona who rushes over to Othello to unsuccessfully reclaim his daughter An old black ram Is tupping your white ewe Act 1 Scene 1 Line 90 Brabantios perceptions of both his daughter and Othello have changed Later on Iago uses Desdemonas deceit towards her father as a way
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