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In William Shakespeares Othello Iago is a confidant to the moor general Othello Iago is not given a promotion he desires Iago is wracked with envy and schemes to steal the rank he feels he justly deserves Iago kills lies and steals to earn that position Iago plots the destruction of Cassio using Roderigos idiocy and Othellos trusting nature Not only is Iago the Antagonist but he acts as a catalyst for the play Iago is responsible for the only comic relief in the play Iagos scheme is a multi-faceted web of deceit Iagos first move is to use Roderigos feelings for Desdemona to his benefit Roderigo is very foolish and very rich Iago takes advantage of both these traits Tush never tell me I take it much unkindly That Thou Iago who hast had my purse As if the strings were thine shouldst know of this111 Iago embezzles the money Roderigo gives him to help him wed Desdemona Iago convinces Roderigo to fight Cassio the soldier who received the promotion Iago desires After a drunken bar fight Othello demotes Cassio Desdemona nobly appealed to her husband in an attempt to have Cassios rank re-instituted Ever observant Iago came up with another idea convince Othello Desdemona was attracted to Cassio Iago convinced Cassio that a meeting could be arranged with him and Desdemona and she might be able to use her influence to have Cassios rank restored When the meeting took place Iago showed Othello Cassio and his wife talking This created the first seeds of doubt in Othellos mind Iago persistently planted these seeds of doubt in Othellos mind I speak not yet of proof Look to your wife observe her well with Cassio Wear your eyes thus not jealous nor secure I would not have your free and noble nature out of self-bounty be abused33199 Iagos plan to convince Othello of Desdemonas affair is simliar to a farmer planting a crop Iago
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