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Iago the Narcissist

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by Bennett Sikes

In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, a military man named Othello kills himself because of a false claim made by a man by Iago. Iago, a Cypriot (someone from Cyprus)  is determined to get promoted in the army. Once betraying Cassio, a fellow soldier, Iago is promoted. However he does not stop there. Next he decides to betray his boss, Othello. He tells Othello that his wife, Desdemona is cheating on him. This leads to the death of both Desdemona, and Othello. All of the trouble caused throughout the play is because of Iago’s egocentric personality and insane desire to get everything that he wants.

Iago despises the majority of the other characters. He will do anything to get what he wants, which often leads him into manipulating others, including Othello. Iago completely ruins the marriage of Othello and Desdemona by lying to them,  and telling Othello that Desdemona cheats on him. Things like this cause other characters to dislike Iago. Iago  has a bad tendency to lie to other people, for his own personal gain. Many people despise Iago because of his untrustworthy personality. However, there are a lot of people who do not realize how untrustworthy Iago is so they do not have a problem with him, one of these people is Othello. Othello does not realize that Iago is lying to him, when he is told that Desdemona is cheating on him. Other characters, realize, and dislike Iago because of his self-centered personality. Aside from lying to others, Iago also belittles people.In act 1, scene 1 we see this right away, “Awake! what, ho,/Brabantio! thieves! thieves! thieves!/Look to your house, your daughter and your bags!/Thieves! thieves!” (I.I). Iago refers to Desdemona, daughter of Brabantio, as a ho, or prostitute. By doing this the reader can tell immediately that Iago believes that he is “above” Desdemona. Many may describe Iago as a very narcissistic character who feeds off of his own success. He will do whatever it takes to get what he desires, even if this means completely ruining other people’s lives. Because of this he causes lots of trouble throughout Cypress. His egocentric personality leads to the death of the main civilians in cypress including Othello, Desdemona, and Cassio. He ruins the marriage of Othello and Desdemona, gets Cassio kicked out of the army and causes the death of all 3 of them and many more.

Iago is an evil narcissist, and without his terrible personality nobody would have died. Even if Iago had just stopped after betraying Cassio, only one person’s life would have been affected negatively. However he was unable to stop which ultimately led to the death and grief of many.


1 Comment

  1. barskwill says:

    I like how you said Cypriot, since that is a cool word


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