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As villain in Shakespeares play Othello Iago has two main actions They are to plot and to deceive Iago hates Othello for two reasons He believes that Othello made love to his wife and Iago is mad that Cassio was chosen to be Lieutenant instead of himself From this hate comes the main conflict of the play Iago plans to ruin Othello by carrying out a plan based on lies and deceit This plan will make Iago the only person that Othello believes he can trust and Iago will use this trust to manipulate Othello First Iago plans to remove Cassio from his position as lieutenant so that he himself take over Cassios position as confidant and Lieutenant to Othello Then Iago hopes to convince Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair If Iagos plan unfolds properly he will be granted the revenge that he believes he deserves Iagos plan and his motives are disclosed through a series three of conversations He speaks with Roderigo twice and Cassio once These three conversations show how Iago manipulates others to gain his own ends and they also give motives for Iagos behavior The conversations all follow the same pattern Iago first speaks with Roderigo and Cassio to forward his plan and then Iago has a soliloquy in which he discusses his motives Iago states that the reasons for his hate are that Othello slept with Emilia and Cassio was chosen to be Othellos Lieutenant However Iagos actions lead to ends that do not revenge his given motives Coleridge calls Iagos actions the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity In other words Iagos only reason for destroying Othello is that Iago is an inherently bad person The conversations that Iago has with Roderigo and Cassio show that Iago invents reasons for his actions against Othello so that his own selfish ends can be met Iagos first dialog with Roderigo serves as an introduction to Iagos plan
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