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The Villain Iago Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello by William Shakespeare is Honest Iago Iago through some carefully thought-out words and actions is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals Still for us to question the instrumentality of the justice or the wisdom of the justicer as Othello calls himself is to underestimate the power of the true engineer of the plot namely Iago who is such a brilliant agitator of human behavior that his influence on Othello amounts to hypnotic suggestion 1 It seems as though wherever there is trouble stirring Iago will not be far Iagos power is at the beginning of the action where he appears as a free agent of mischief creating his plot out of whatever comes to hand 2 He is the character in Shakespeares novel that has the evil side to him his inner and outer side as well is revealed throughout the play which suprises the audience In one slightly altered form or another Whats the matter springs to the lips of all the chief characters in the play- Othello Iago Desdemona Brabantio Cassio Emilia- but only Iago masterly improviser of evil deeds doesnt need to ask the question that is because he already knows the answer and rarely takes the trouble to pretend otherwise3 He appears to be the shrewd character which thinks himself to be wonderful and all-knowing Iago is the main driving force in this play pushing Othello and many others towards their tragic end Iago is not your ordinary villain The role he plays is rather unique and complex Iago seems the living type of honesty a bluff gallant outspoken fellow no conjurer and no saint coarse of speech and cynical of humor but true and tried as steel4 The reader does not expect the character of Iago to
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