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In Othello the character of Iago is alienated from society by his personal values He is used by Shakespeare to demonstrate societies assumptions and moral values on a whole Iago is the main antagonist to Othello in this story and he succeeds in his plan to ruin Othello by forcing him to believe that Desdemona is cheating on him Because Iago succeeds because he was able to carry off the plan we are able to see exactly the assumptions on society that Shakespeare laid out to demonstrate These assumptions and morals fall under three main categories that people largely use each other that we should do whatever needs to be done to go for our goals and that the words of a man and more believable than those of a woman even when it is a wife Shakespeare uses Iago to demonstrate all three of these quite well The very basis of the character Iago is used to demonstrate that a value within society is that it is okay for people to use each other Iago is made to be constantly using other people using his so-called friends He acts as a friend to Othello gaining his trust simply so that he will be able to backstab him later He never intends to be a real friend and in fact is plotting the entire time Iago also uses Roderigo someone that we originally view as his friend He uses Roderigo for money only promises him things but simply takes his money Iago also uses his wife Emilia to contribute to his plot Iago has no real comrades no person that he meets is not used by him for evilness Yet Shakespeare does not have us see Iagos actions as uncommon We accept that he is using Roderigo and Emilia we accept that he will attempt to gain Othellos trust simply to backstab him We are made to believe that this is okay and even to
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