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Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello by William Shakespeare is Honest Iago Through some carefully thought-out words and actions Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals He is the main driving force in this play pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end Iagos main interest is the destruction of Othello Iago fabricates accusations of adultery and his blatant racism causing Iago to despise the kindly moor and shortly thereafter begin to conspire against him Because Iago is much too smart to immediately kill Othello he proceeds with the arduous process of dismantling him emotionally Iago also knows that he must distance himself from any of the harrowing occurrences that transpire so he cleverly gets other people to do his dirty work Iagos main intentions lie in the degradation of Othello Iago feels that he was best suited to hold the position of lieutenant as opposed to Othellos choice Michael Cassio Iago claims that Cassio is Mere prattle without practiceI i Line 26 indicating that although Cassio understands the theory of warfare he does not know how to apply it From this malice Iago manufactures accusations of imposter claiming that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia twixt my sheets Hes done my office I iii Line 380 These accusations are merely excuses to validate his brackishness and rapacity and should be seen as nothing more Again it is plain to see that in Iagos deception of Othello he is motivated by his jealousy and subsequent bitterness not because he is the epitome of evil Othello has changed immensely and his treatment towards Desdemona at this point in the storyline has notably changed He tries to trick Desdemona into admitting her crime by asking about the handkerchief The handkerchief is not produced and so Othello believes in more of what Iago
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