Iago: The Essence of Evil Analytical Essay by Nicky

Iago: The Essence of Evil
A discussion on the characteristics that allow Iago to manipulate Othello in Shakespeare's play "Othello".
# 149477 | 854 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Othello)

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The paper explains that Iago in Shakespeare's play "Othello" is aware of his own evil and has no desire to change, he is smart and so his keen awareness of people gives him an incredible advantage over Othello, and finally, his own jealousy fuels him to hurt many innocent people in the play. The paper emphasizes how Iago is one of literature's greatest characters because he is evil through and through.

From the Paper:

"One characteristic that makes Iago truly evil is that fact that he is aware of his own evil and does not feel compelled to do anything about it. In fact, he seems quite proud of his nature. What we see in Iago is the inherent bad nature of man. Iago is not insane and he is completely aware of what he is doing yet, he has no desire to change. This is one of the first things we realize about him. He is evil because he has no respect for Othello and does not care who knows it. He tells Roderigo that Othello is a:
"Moor is of a free and open nature,
That thinks men honest that but seem to be so
And will as tenderly be led by th' nose
As asses are." (Shakespeare I.iii.393-6)
"Here we see that Iago not only disrespects Othello, he does so with pride. There is no closet hating with Iago. There is no passive aggressiveness with him, either. He is completely candid about his feelings and does not seem to be worried one bit that Roderigo, or anyone else for that matter, will do anything to stop him from being malicious. He is proud of his nature, a characteristic that is possessed by only extremely hateful people."

Sample of Sources Used:

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

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