Iago: Shakespeare's Compelling Creation Analytical Essay by Nicky

Iago: Shakespeare's Compelling Creation
An analysis of the charater of Iago in Shakespeare's play, "Othello".
# 148590 | 834 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Othello)

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The paper discusses how Iago is one of Shakespeare's most compelling creations because he is proud to be evil and he exhibits no concern for life or good intentions. The paper also discusses how the fact that he is incredibly smart allows him to use Othello's jealousy against him in a calculated way.

From the Paper:

"Another characteristic that makes Iago different from most is his attitude toward life and living a good life. He does not believe there are any benefits to living a good life as states, "To be direct and honest is not safe. / I should be wise, for honesty is a fool / And looses that it works for. (III.iii. 376-9). From this we can assume that Iago has no respect for life, sees no reason to attempt living a decent life, and will not attempt to live a good life since there are no benefits in that particular lifestyle for him. This is important because these attitudes give Iago permission to feel the way he does. In addition, they allow him to become more evil with everything he considers an offense. This attitude also allows Iago to befriend Othello only to hurt him with no guilty conscious."

Sample of Sources Used:

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

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