Iago's Oppression of Othello Analytical Essay by Nicky

Iago's Oppression of Othello
An analysis of Iago's mastermind of privilege and oppression in Shakespeare's "Othello".
# 129102 | 1,172 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Othello)


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The paper discusses how Iago believes that it is his privilege to seek revenge and oppress Othello for the promotion he did not receive. The paper explains how Iago masterminds his plan from the very beginning of the play, and how he manipulates people without any sense of compassion. The paper further explains that Othello is an honorable man who may be slightly naive, and so he becomes an easy target for Iago.

From the Paper:

"In William Shakespeare's play, Othello, Iago is the character that believes his privilege is someone else's oppression. Iago believes that it is his privilege to seek revenge and oppress Othello for the promotion he (Iago) did not receive. This revenge is aimed at Othello and, from the very opening of the play, we see that Iago is scheming to get his privilege to oppress one way or another. His privilege will become Othello's oppression if it is the last thing Iago accomplishes. Indeed, it is the last thing he does accomplish but he does it great ease, thanks to Othello and his good nature. Iago is intelligent enough to pit Othello and his wife against one another and once this is accomplished, they jealous fiend set loose in Othello's head already has control of his logic and reason. Iago is the character that is knowingly culpable in the scheme; however, Othello, Cassio, Emelia, and Desdemona are complicit unknowingly. They are victims of the equation rather than active participants in it. Iago has only one benefactor and that is himself."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Othello. Kenneth Muir, ed. New York: Penguin Books. 1968.

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