” These two characters are foils for one another and the story’s drama plays out between them.
Iago appears to be slightly angry that he has been passed over for a promotion by Othello. It can only be said that this “appears” to be the reason for what he does because he is a very strange character. He does not seem to especially care whether or not he gets any advantage so long as Othello is destroyed. In other plays, villains may create situations or traps to ensnare protagonists as Iago does with a handkerchief. However, there is something more evil about Iago. He seems to enjoy not only inspiring Othello’s jealousy but fanning its flames. He watches Othello’s face contort and sees his pain and continues to act. The intimacy of this cruelty makes this relationship, and Iago’s malevolence, very interesting.
Othello at times seems to be foolish as he falls for all of Iago’s tricks, going so far as to, horribly, kill his own wife. But he is also a poet and he has some beautiful lines. The fact that he has a romantic, passionate side to him and is not just a powerful one-dimensional general adds a great twist to the story. His dying words are very poetic and in them, we see just how horribly far he has fallen and what jealousy has undone. Character Othello.
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