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Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello by William Shakespeare is Honest Iago Through some carefully thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer towards his goals He is the main driving force in this play pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end Iago is not your ordinary villain The role he plays is rather unique and complex and especially far from what someone might expect You could say that Iago is very smart man He is an expert at judging people and their characters and uses this information to his advantage For example he knows Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and figures that Roderigo would do anything to have her as his own Iago says about Roderigo Thus do I ever make my fool my purse Act I Scene III Line 426 By playing on his hopes Iagos able to take money and jewels from Roderigo where he makes a substantial profit out of it all while using Roderigo to execute his other goals and plans Iago is also a man thats able to think quickly on his feet and use this to improvise whenever something unexpected occurs When Cassio takes hold of Desdemonas hand before the arrival of Othello Iago says With as little a web as this will I ensnare as great a fly as Cassio Act II Scene I Line 183 This shows that his cunning and craftiness makes him a true villain after all Being as smart as he is Iago is quick to recognize the advantages of trust and uses it as a tool to go with his purposes Throughout the story he is commonly known as and commonly called Honest Iago He even says of himself I am an honest man Act II Scene III Line 285 Trust is a very powerful emotion that
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