Suspicion – The act of suspecting something, especially something wrong, on little evidence or without proof. This feeling can alter emotions and security without any due course. Whether self inflicted or brought on by anothers words, suspicion will change the faith of any relationship, especially one of enormous love. Even the most sure and sturdy man can fold at the slightest amount of doubt, and this is what Iago devises his plot upon. Without suspicion of infidelity Iago has no power over Othello. Iago realizes early on in the play that this will be Othellos akelies tendon. Iago is a very intelligent complicated character. This play is more about how evil can work rather than a love gone bad. Iago plays the cast for his own amusement.

Iago can be viewed as the narrator of this play. He is left alone on stage several times trough out the play to more or less speak to the audience. One such instance is the last part of the first act where Iago devisees his plan of attack on every character in the play. At this point the only reason we have seen for his anger is that he has not been appointed Othellos lieutenant, despite his recommendations. But for my sport and profit, I hate the moor(1.3.365). It is obvious that Iago is the villain in the play. But this line is very important. Iago hates Othello it seems because of his unapointed position. This line asks us, the audience, a good question: does Iago hate Othello enough to go trough all the trouble creating enemies of the entire cast? There could have been much simpler ways to get at Othello without dragging everyone else into the picture. Also after Rodrigo lost his luetiency it would have been simple for Iago to fill the newly vacant position. I believe, as the line says, Iago hates Othello only for amusement. But for my sport and profit (1.3.365) Iago engages in the act of hating not because he has a disregard for Othello. Iago engages in the act of hating only to hate, whether it be Othello or his own mother. Iago hates for his own sport and profit. thus understand this concept of Iago puts a whole new spin on the evil which consumes him. He doesnt act evil, Iago is Evil. It is Evil which entertains Iago, and the town of Venice is the stage.

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Characters in the play are the puppets in Iagos theater. He will work their minds against each other and let their bodies take action of their own. Evil begins with a thought, a suspicion. Iago creates that thought
Hes done my office. I know not ift be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do as if for surety.(1.3.367-369) Anything is possible, Cassio could be laying with Desdemona. Iago does not know that this is false, but he surely does not know if it is true. He will act as if it is true, to him it is true.

The better shall my purpose work on him.(1.3.370) Iago is frequently called upon as Honest Iago. The trust he holds in everyones eyes, especially Othellos, is what will give him the ability to conger up any plot he can. There is no reason to not believe him. The trust that Iago posses is very essential. Without trust Iago has absolute no power, yet with trust his power is unstoppable. After some time, to abuse Othellos ear(1.3.374) Iago states that he will deceive Othello, but he uses the word abuse. What he is really abusing is Othellos trust. Once he has embedded the suspicion of Cassio being with Desdemona, Iago will be able to led (1.3.380) Othello with his trust, which by that time will have grown due to the lack of trust in Cassio and Desdemona.

Shakespeares work is entertaining on the surface, but can get quite disturbing once looked upon with a deeper insight. This play is about a villain, Iago, who didnt get what he wants and does all he can do to get it. Othello plays right into Iago hands and does exactly what he wants him to do, all the while the audience is thinking, No, dont do that. And ultimately at the end most everybody is dead, end of story. But that is only on the surface. The words and phrases Shakespeare uses are carefully chosen to make a point. But for my sport and profit, I hate the moor(1.3.365). This one line of the five act play changes the whole moral of the story. Without it Iago is just mean and selfish, but with he is – Evil. The evil is like an addiction to Iago. He starts out merely causing mischief. But throughout the play the mischief grows and grows . Like any addiction the more you get the more you want, until ultimately the addiction consumes the addict. Iagos evil spreads like wildfire to the entire cast and finally reaches himself.
Now before you judge Iago, let me present something to you. The audiences went to Shakespeares plays for entertainment. After finishing the play we have realized that Iago created all the problems for one reason, his own enjoyment, his entertainment. He presents a problem and sits back and watches the out come. The only thing he is lacking is the box of popcorn. The play is his play. Now how is this different from the audience watching the play? They paid money to go watch this man cause pain and havoc to everyone for their own entertainment. Is the audience and different that Iago?
Shakespeare, William. Othello. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.

8thEd. Eds. X.J.Kennedy and Dana Gioia. New York: Longman, 2002. 1469-1566.

Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. Othello. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.

8thEd. Eds. X.J.Kennedy and Dana Gioia. New York: Longman, 2002. 1469-1566.


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