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Othello by William ShakespeareIn Shakespeares Othello Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello intobelieving that his wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio He doesthis through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implantimages in Othellos head that lead him to his demise But what is moreimportant is he gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent Desdemonasatisfying Iagos immense appetite for revenge The motive for Iagos devious plan is initially made clear in the first ofIagos three major soliloquies in which he proclaims Othello has had an affairwith his wife Emila And it is thought abroad that twist my sheets hes donemy office The irony behind this line is that he then says I know not iftbe true but I for mere suspicion in that kind will do as if for surety Theimpression this gave me after reading the complete text was that Iago is soexceedingly paranoid and insane that he will go as far as murdering anddeluding even a General into murdering his wifeIago simultaneously conducts an equally devious plan to obtain Cassios positionas lieutenant using Desdemonas prime weakness her naivety He disgracesCassio by getting him drunk so that he strikes Roderigo Othello thendischarges Cassio when he says I love thee But nevermore be officer ofmine How must poor Cassio have felt To lose all he had worked for burninggallons of mid-night oil working up his reputation that any half-hearted humancan tell he deserved It was therefore understandable that he would fall to themercy of Iago completely oblivious to the inevitable effects Iago reveals hisplan to the reader in his third soliloquy where he states His soul is soenfettered to her love that she may make unmake do what she list even as herappetite shall play the god with his weak functionAnd she for him pleadsstrongly to the Moor Ill pour this pestilence into his ear that she repealshim for her bodys lust And by how much she strives to
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