evil. Oftentimes the culprit is ambition,. Don't act the villain, don't look it, or speak it, (by scowling and growling, I mean but think it all the time. For someone to constantly lie and deceive one's wife and friends, one must be extremely evil or, in the case of Iago, amoral. Iago in this play, has the qualities of the Devil in medieval and Renaissance morality plays: He is a liar, he makes promises he has no intention of keeping, he tells fancy stories in order to trap people and lead them to their destruction, and. Iago I am your own for ever. If you think this idea may be worth exploring (or if you just want to know what the heck Orson Welles was thinking be sure to check out the end of Act 3, Scene 3, where Othello makes Iago his new lieutenant and Iago vows.
Iago's amorality can be seen throughout the play and is demonstrated by his actions. He's out for #1and he employs every nasty trick in the book in order to reach the top. Check it out: iago, virtue?
His ability to austin Clarkes Poems say the right things at the right time is what makes him such a successful villain. Iago is surrounded with bitter irony: he is not as he seems, his good is bad for others, people repeatedly rely on him, and he betrays them. Poet, samuel Taylor Coleridge calls Iago "a being next to the devil, only not quite the devil" and goes on to call Iago's behavior "motiveless malignity." If we agree that Iago has no real motives for hurting Othello, we could also argue that Iago's character. At first glance Iago's character seems to be pure evil. Select a subject to preview related courses: To unlock this lesson you must be a m Member. Iago kneels. Iago manipulates him so expertly that at times it seems he is actually inside Othello's head. Ever notice how he stops every time he does something cleverly evil to muse on it and tell us how awesome he is? Othello is so caught up in Iago's lies that he refuses to believe Desdemona when she denies the whole thing. Much credit must be given to Iago's diabolical prowess which enables him to bend and twist the supple minds of his friends and spouse.