A villain is a character who uses his good name, rank, or the trust that people have for him
to get what he wants at any cost. He usually manipulates everyone, and death usually
come to the villain. He is well liked by every character, which allows him to pull off his
tricks so well and easily. He uses his friendship with Othello to get what he wants, which
is the rank of lieutenant. Iago somehow finds his way into nearly every character s life
and some of those characters end up dead. Throughout the course of the play, he
manipulates the mind of Roderigo, making him believe that Desdemona actually has
feelings for him, causing Roderigo to carry out harsh actions which, under normal
circumstances, he would never consider. Iago also gets in Othello s head and puts in the
thought of Desdemona being unfaithful with Cassio. There are many more examples of
Iago s villainy throughout the play.
Iago s main goal throughout the play is to somehow obtain the rank of lieutenant,
which he feels should have been given to him instead of his friend Cassio. He begins by
telling Roderigo that Desdemona, at some point, had feelings for him, that is, before she
married Othello. Roderigo is heartbroken, and Iago sees his opportunity begin to open
up. Iago tells Roderigo to defeat thy favor with an usurped beard (1.3. 328-329) and
then return to Venice later because Desdemona will have lost her love for Othello. This
A pioneer of Literacy, William Shakespeare's works have stood the test of time, and this is by no means due to coincidence. The masterful application of language techniques throughout his plays to portray idea's and intentions are what set him aside from other play writes of his time, and the tragic Othello is no exception. The play is driven by the portrayal of the transformation of the play's ...
excites Roderigo, so he believes Iago since they are good friends. Iago is now just setting
up Roderigo for another part of his plan that will take place later in the story. Roderigo
does not realize how deeply involved Desdemona and Othello are, so he still believes he
has a chance to have Desdemona, if she ever really does tire of Othello.
Iago and Othello are very close in their friendship, even though Othello chose Cassio over
Iago as his lieutenant. Othello believes almost anything Iago tells him because iago has a
reputation of always telling the truth. That is why Othello actually begins to believe in this
story that his wife has not been faithful to him. Iago gets Emilia, his wife and also
attendant to Desdemona, to pick up a handkerchief that has been passed down from
generation to generation in Othello s family. It represents the love that the husband shows
for his wife, and it means a great deal to Othello. When Iago says that he has seen Cassio
wipe his beard with that handkerchief, Othello makes his mind up that his wife has cheated
on him. But what really sets Othello off is when he sees Cassio carrying the handkerchief
around. Iago says do it not with poison, strangle her in bed, even the bed she hath
contaminated (4.1. 190-191) when telling Othello that he should kill Desdemona for what
she has done. Iago now knows his plan is working since Othello is actually considering
killing his wife.
One evening, Iago gets Cassio drunk before he is to guard the castle. Cassio tells
Iago that I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. I could well wish courtesy
would invent some other custom of entertainment (2.3. 27-29) because he knows he cant
drink a lot or he will get angry and violent. But this is what Iago wants so he pushed him
to drink more and Cassio does. Soon a fight breaks out and gets out of hand then Othello
enters. When honest Iago tells Othello what happened, Othello has no choice but to
strip Cassio of his ranking and give it to Iago. When Iago is appointed lieutenant, he
spends even more time with the Moor and becomes a better friend to both Othello and
Othello and Desdemona vs. Romeo and Juliet Othello and Desdemona are similar and different from Romeo and Juliet in several ways, both as couples, and as individuals. The circumstances they face and the nature of their characters share similarities, and so do the choices they make, but the other characters in the respective plays, and the key differences in Othello and Romeo's dispositions cause ...
Desdemona. Othello asks Iago how shall I murder him (4.1. 158).
Saying that he wants
Cassio killed one night, the same night Othello is to kill Desdemona.
This is the chance Iago has to take care of both Roderigo and Cassio, so he has it
set up to where they have a fight in the dark streets. Iago runs out of the shadows and
attacks Cassio from behind without anyone seeing it, but Roderigo is struck with a fatal
blow that kills him later. The plan between Othello and Iago was supposed to have Cassio
dead before Desdemona, but Othello smothered her before he received news that Cassio
was still alive. This is the end of Iago s villainy. When Cassio and Othello meet, everyone
is made aware of Iago s plot and Othello ends up killing himself and falling by his wife side
but tells Cassio not to have Iago killed so he can live with the burden on his chest the rest
of his life.
The villainy of Iago showed was great in the sense that he had an elaborate plan,
using every character in the story and manipulating their minds to the point where
everyone was believing lies. He did all of this so that he could get what he wanted.
However, he failed to carry out one action as he had planned and that ruined his life
forever. The villainy of Iago did cause a lot of despair and cost many characters their
lives, but that is what a villain is. Villains do not care who they hurt or how they get there
way, just as long as is happens and they are happy.