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IAGO THE EVIL IN OTHELLO LAntoinette Lemond One of the most interesting and exotic characters in the tragic play Othello is Honest Iago Despite Iagos unquestionable malignancy the motivation behind his actions lie more in Iagos quest for personal gain as opposed to just being evil for evils sake Iago doesnt have a valid reason for the troubles he cause except that he has a burning hatred for the world especially Othello Iago is the main reason why there is conflict in the play and his main interest is the destruction of Othello The reason being that Othello has chosen another man Cassio as his second-in-command preferring him to Iago This resentment accompanied by Iagos fabricated accusations of adultery and blatant racism cause Iago to despise Othello Shortly thereafter Iago begins to conspire against him Since Iago is much too smart to immediately kill Othello he proceeds with the process of dismantling him emotionally Iago also knows that he must distance himself away from any occurrences that transpire so he cleverly gets other people to do his dirty work The first victim to fall in Iagos manipulation is the half-witted Roderigo Iago is an expert judge of people and uses this to his advantage For example Iago knows Roderigo is consumed by the lust for Desdemona and would do anything to make her his own Iago tells Roderigo that the only way to win Desdemonas love is to make money to procure gifts for her However Iago is just taking those gifts intended for Desdemona and keeping them for himself and in doing so making a substantial profit She must have change she must-therefore put money in thy purseMake all the money thou canst Othello Act 1 Scene 3 ll 337-339 Thus do I ever make my fool my purse Othello Act 1 Scene 3 l 360 Roderigo eventually starts to question Iagos honesty When faced with this accusation Iago simply offers
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