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I am not what I am What is Iago -- as distinct from what he pretends to be -- and what are his motives In Shakespeares Othello the reader is presented the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good It are these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello a noble venetian moor well-known by the people of Venice as a honourable soldier and a worthy leader Othellos breakdown results in the muder of his wife Desdemona Desdemona is representative of the good in nature Good can be defined as forgiving honest innocent and unsuspecting The evil contained within Othello is by no means magical or mythical yet is represented by the character Iago Iago is cunning untrustworthy selfish and plotting He uses these traits to his advantage by slowly planning his own triumph while watching the demise of others It is this that is Iagos motivation The ultimate defeat of good by the wrath of evil Not only is it in his own nature of evil that he suceeds but also in the weaknesses of the other characters Iago uses the weaknesses of Othello specifically jealousy and his devotion to things as they seem to conquer his opposite in Desdemona From the start of the play Iagos scheming ability is shown when he convinces Roderigo to tell about Othello and Desdemondas elopement to Desdemonas father Brabantio Confidentally Iago continues his plot successfully making fools of others and himself being rewarded Except Roderigo no one is aware of Iagos plans This is because Iago pretends to be an honest man loyal to his superiors The fact that Othello himself views Iago as trustworthy and honest gives the evil within Iago a perfect unsuspecting victim for his schemes The opportunity to get to Desdemona through Othello is one temptation that Iago cannot refuse He creates the impression that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio
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