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Iago Manipulating Villain William Shakespeare 1564-1616 one of the great writers of the 16th century wrote the play Othello around 1599 Shakespeares Othello recounts the tragic consequences of hatred jealousy revenge and exploited and misplaced trust Bloom 13 The story opens-up in the city of Venice and this is where the evil unfolds around Othello by the hands of the malignant Iago George Williams one of Shakespeares critics states Iago one of the best-written villains in English literature constitutes the corrupting force that destroys the harmony of Othellos life and thereby creates the conflict that drives the plays plot 96 Iago thrives on chaos and confusion and uses these elements to calculate how to ultimately destroy Othello and all others that cross his path throughout the play Iagos power to manipulate is what drives him and ultimately makes his plans successful The chaos in the play begins in the opening scene where Iago vows to take revenge against Othello for choosing Michael Cassio over him to be lieutenant In the last scene of Act I Iago manipulates Roderigo and convinces him to give him money by repeating the words put money in thy purse Mowat and Werstine Iiii386 He convinces Roderigo that giving him his money and selling all his land will help him win back Desdemona Iago sees Roderigo as another pawn in his game of chess and uses him in his plot to destroy Othello In the last scene of Act I where Iago explains his plan in his soliloquy he states To get his place and to plume up my will In double knaveryHow howLets see After some time to abuse Othellos ear That he is too familiar with his wife He hath a person and a smooth dispose To be suspected framed to make a woman false The Moor is of a free and open nature That thinks men honest that but seem to be so And will
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