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Iagos Motivation Iago is a moral pyromaniac Harold C Goddard writes that Iagoconsciously and unconsciously seeks to destroy the lives of others especiallyothers with high moral standards Goddard 76 However Iago is more thanjust a moral pyromaniac he is a moral pyromaniac whose fire is fueled bypure hatred He is a hungry powermonger whose appetite for destruction canonly be satisfied after he has chewed up and spat out the lives of others Iagolusts for power but his sense of power is attained by manipulating andannihilating others in a cruel and unusual way Iago prepares and ignites hisvictims and then watches with an excitable evil in his eye as his humanpyres go up in flames Iago undeniably has an unquenchable thirst for power and domination Critics such as M R Ridley believe that the ability to hurt is the mostconvincing display of ones power Ridley lxi Iago has a deep inbreddesire to cause and view intolerable suffering The power of Iago isexercised when he prepares and then implements an evil plan designed toinflict man with the most extreme amounts of anguish possible Iago controlsthe play he brilliantly determines how each character shall act and react Heis a pressing advocate of evil a pernicious escort steering good peopletoward their own vulgar destruction Iago must first make careful preparations in order to make certain his fireof human destruction will burn with fury and rage He douses his victimswith a false sense of honesty and goodness And as do most skillfulpyromaniacs Iago first prepares his most important target Othello Though in the trade of war I have slain men Yet do I hold it very stuff oth conscience To do no contrived murder I lack the iniquity I had thought thave yerked him under the ribs he prated
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