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Iagos technique for controlling others clearly demonstrates his connection to Satan Iago captures the souls of his puppets by offering them gratification in exchange for service Roderigo desires Desdemona Cassio desires a return to favor and Othello desires certainty Iago grants his pawns their wishes at a price that damns them In IIiii Iago makes a stirring connection between himself and Satan saying Divinity of hell When devils will the blackest sins put on They do suggest at first with heavenly shows As I do now 370-73 He further expounds on his nature as corrupter of Othello Ill pour pestilence into his ear as he plans to slander Desdemona As for her goodness he will turn her virtue into pitch And out of her own goodness make the net That shall enmesh them all Once Iago obtains Desdemonas handkerchief he gloats that Othello will Burn like the mines of sulphur IIIiii377 After Iago has convinced him of Desdemonas infidelity Othello thunders All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven Arise black vengeance from the hollow hell IIIiii505-07 As Othello swears to destroy Desdemona he kneels and after a moment Iago kneels with him This stunning image is an overt pact with the devil and the scene ends with Iagos ominous line I am your own forever In Vi Iago enters bearing a light on his way to murder Roderigo Similarly Othello bears a light as he goes to murder Desdemona The repetition of this theme coupled with the fact that much of the action of the play takes place at night serves to identify Iago with Lucifer -- the Bringer of Light For Iago Emilia wishes his pernicious soul Rot half a grain a day 52151-2 She denounces his lies as odious damned and wicked Vii216-18 She insists on speaking Let heaven and men and devils cry shame against me 52262-63 When guards seize Iago Othello
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