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Iago as the Hero of Othello Roderigo a soldier in Othellos army is in love with Desdemona and is deceived by Iago into thinking that Desdemona holds some affection for him Iago who is Othellos ancient or his counselor desires to hold Othellos position and so tries to devise a plan to become general As proved by the outcome of the play Othello was too naive and kindhearted to properly lead an army Iago felt that he should have been promoted to be Othellos lieutenant but Cassio was promoted instead The outcome of the play also proves that Iago was more efficient in achieving his goals Iagos plan is one that involves Cassio Othellos second in command Roderigo and Desdemona Iago is better qualified than either Cassio or Othello if he devised such a plan without either of them noticing The same strategies he uses in everyday life he would be able to employ in battles Iago has proven to be the ultimate soldier Iago instills jealousy in both Roderigo and Othello by leading each of them to think that Desdemona and Cassio are having an affair He accomplishes all this without being discovered until the end During the course of the play Othello is further deceived by Iago to believe that Desdemona is unfaithful to him Emilia Iagos wife unknowingly helps Iago fool Othello when she gives her husband the handkerchief that was given to Desdemona by Othello on their wedding night Desdemona always keeps this by her side as a result of Othellos command When Iago tells Othello that he has seen Cassio with his gift to Desdemona Othello becomes enraged and vows to kill her He also makes Iago swear that he will kill Cassio Through Iagos planning Roderigo gets a chance to kill Cassio but fails When Iago sees Roderigos failure to carry through with the plan he wounds Cassio in the leg and kills Roderigo When Othello
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