Iago effectively manipulates Othello, Roderigo, and Cassio by; He presents himself to Othello as an honest person, lies to Roderigo for marrying him to Desdemona, and helps Cassio with his problem of getting the lieutenant’s post from him.
In Act 1, Iago uses Roderigo’s love for Desdemona against him, manipulating him into participating in his plan to ruin Othello. Here the story began. Shakespeare creates a sly but honest character for the viewer.
The text shows that Jago Rodrigo manipulates through lies. He explains that they intend to withdraw Othello from Cyprus and hand the governorship over to Cassio. From here the Moor will take Desdemona with him. The only way to avoid this is to kill Cassio.
Jago is here emphasizing the biracial nature of marriage and is already showing his ability to manipulate people, in this case he is manipulating Brabantio to believe in Jago’s own opinions, theoretically eliminating any thoughts Brabantio might have had of his own about marriage.
Cassio is in love with Desdemona. Iago also has his own weakness, greed. Power-hungry and jealous of Cassio for being promoted above him, he will do anything to stop Othello and Cassio. In Act 1 Scene 1, Iago immediately begins manipulating Othello.
In Act 2, Scene 1 of the play, Jago tells Roderigo that “Desdemona is madly in love with Cassio”. This makes Roderigo very angry and cannot believe it because he wants Desdemona to love him. Because Roderigo is angry with Cassio, it is then very easy for Iago to manipulate him against Roderigo.
In Othello, Iago demonstrates that he is the master of manipulating all characters who previously trusted and limited him. Shakespeare’s Iago effectively shows how people can use the weaknesses of others to meet their demands, leading them to reveal their faults.
Iago uses many means to instill false accusations in Othello. In lines 330-447 of Act 3 Scene 3, Iago uses rhetorical questions, imagery and sarcasm. He questions Othello and makes him think the worst between Cassio and Desdemona, and then his use of words adds color and an image, so it must be true.
Iago says that while Desdemona tries to help Cassio, Iago will convince Othello that she is not doing it out of kindness but out of lust for Cassio. “Of their own kindness [I will] make the net that will ensnare them all” (2.3. 335–336). Jago again takes on the role of the “director” who lays out his plans for the audience.
This quote demonstrates Iago’s ability for psychological manipulation: He subtly sows a seed of doubt in Othello’s mind, using the couple’s own love as a weapon to increase the suspicion between them. Strangle her in bed, even the bed that infested her. (4.1.)
Iago reveals his plan to fool Roderigo, trick Othello into believing that Cassio (Lieutenant) is pursuing Desdemona, and justify that her honest ways will lead her to her destruction.
IagoFrom the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1, Shakespeare presents Iago as a cunning and multifaceted character, an idea embodied by his own admission: “I am not what I am. ‘ This phrase is related in context to the fact that Iago is not the loyal soldier he appears to be to Othello.
Act 1, Scene 2
Iago tells Othello that Brabantio knows about his marriage and “has spoken such shabby and provocative language against your honor”, but Othello denies this, saying: ” Let him do his defiance.” . Cassio then arrives with a message from the Duke asking Othello to come to the Senate to discuss the war in Cyprus.
In Shakespeare’s Othello, the concept of exploiting someone through manipulation leads to unnecessary, horrific events. Using the character of Roderigo, Iago manipulates him into doing anything he wants. At the beginning of the tragedy, Jago and Roderigo are badmouthing Othello.
Iago suggests that Cassio approach Desdemona because she commands Othello’s attention and benevolence. Iago argues that Desdemona’s kindness will cause her to help Cassio if Cassio begs her, and persuade Othello to give Cassio his position as lieutenant.
Othello’s love drama reaches a turning point in Act 3, Scene 3. Jago has made Othello suspicious that his wife is having an affair. Iago makes his manipulations clear, realizing that Othello is now convinced of the affair and plans to take action.
Jago’s knowledge of human nature allows him to easily understand others’ perspectives and manipulate his victim, Othello. Iago is able to destroy Othello’s trust in Desdemona because he understands Othello’s perception of situations regarding Desdemona and Cassio.
What happens to Othello in Scene 1? How does Iago react? Othello gets really angry and Iago goes and talks to Cassio while Othello listens to their conversation. Othello faints/has a panic attack (Iago laughs and says his plan works).
Iago uses Bianca’s argument to manipulate Othello because Othello would think that Desdemona and Cassio are talking. Othello overhears the conversation but doesn’t hear it’s Bianca. Then Bianca and Cassio talk about the handkerchief and Othello gets angry. 4.