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In the play Othello written by Shakespeare the most interesting and complex character is Iago All of the other characters in the play know him as Honest Iago but from a readers standpoint that is clearly not the best nickname for him He has a unique gift to read others character and personality Iago uses this gift to manipulate others into doing things that in the end will benefit him and move him closer to his goals From the very beginning of the play Iago wants vengeance on Othello He starts putting a plan together in his head to bring Othello down He figures the best way to accomplish this is to go after his wife Desdemona which Othello cared for very much He literally uses every character in the play to carry his plan out The first of these characters is Roderigo Iago knows that he is in love with Desdemona and he would do anything to bring her closer to him He tricks Roderigo out of money and jewels and also uses him to carry out his plan later on in the play He could have gotten rid of Roderigo first thing but he recognizes his usefulness One example of his usefulness would be provoking him to pick a fight with Cassio after Iago gets Cassio drunk Since Desdemona is the way that Iago plans to bring Othello down he starts paying close attention to her actions This is fairly easy for Iago since he is Othellos right hand man He notices that she likes Cassios company and keeps encouraging Othello to have him around him more often Then Iago starts casually mentioning to Othello that he himself has noticed Desdemona acting suspicious around Cassio He suggested that there may be an affair going on and that he would keep an eye on her for Othello Iago knowing the whole time that Desdemona would never be unfaithful
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