Character study of Cassio and Roderigo in Othelo Essay

I would have to say that I think that Cassio and Roderigo are just pawns that Iago uses for his own gain. This is quite obvious but what did Shakespeare intend them to be? I believe Iago to be the most important and central character. Shakespeare therefore I believe is very keen to develop his character and give him what he needs to make his revenge plots successful. He presents Iago with Cassio and Roderigo two puppets he can control and manipulate.Jealousy, hatred, and selfishness what do you get when you put all those together you happen to get Iago.

iago happens to get much enjoyment in causing chaos with the whole environment around him and he is very good at doing it especially with the moors (Othellos) trust. The moor Othello happens to think Iago is a loyal servant and a trusting man but every now and then he has his doubts but the doubts aren’t that strong.In reality a general should be very head strong and intelligent and be able to see through a plan like Iago’s. Of course this does suit Shakepeares purpose and it makes things more interesting to create dramatic irony and make Othello a bit naive. With Othello giving him all this trust he in a way invites Iago to come in and check out the environment and in Iago’s head that is an invitation to come and fool around with every ones head.Iago in act one starts his jealousy by telling Roderigo Othello not giving him the position of lieutenancy he has given it to Cassio.

This really makes Iago mad so the way that he decides to get back at Othello is by telling Brabantio that his daughter has been kidnapped by Othello but the trick is that Iago uses Roderigo sort of as a pawn he works into his head when both of them go to wake brabantio he makes Roderigo do all the dirty work of calling out his name and telling him the truth you can see this when Iago says call up her father. rouse him. Make after him, poison his delight, proclaim him in the streets; incense her kinsmen, and, though he in a fertile climate dwell, plague him with flies. Though that his joy be joy, yet throw such chances of vexation don’t as it may loose colour”.Iago wants to get things started by first getting Othello into trouble with her father but he mad someone else do the work for him so far he has done a good job staying on task because now he’s going to get some problems started for Othello just because he did not get his job as lieutenant and he becomes very jealous that Cassio gets it In act two Iago’s selfishness kicks in he starts to set up his little scheme to get his position in lieutenancy begins telling Roderigo that Desdemona is in love with Cassio and that Roderigo should help him remove Cassio from position only because he cares just about himself and wants the best for himself he starts off by telling him that Desdemona is in love with him his direct words were : “I must tell thee this: Desdemona is directly in love with him”.

Roderigo begins to believe Iago when Iago starts to bribe him in act 2 he says “You should have a shorter journey to your desires” he basically tells him your going to get Desdemona very soon. Later on he begins to make a plan to get Cassio drunk so it is easier for Roderigo to provoke Cassio into a brawl and this happens he get him drunk and Cassio looses his position as lieutenant and Othello tells him “Cassio I love thee, but nevermore be officer of mine. ” nd this was all part of Iago’s plan he got what he wanted but he’s not their yet. In act three Iago seems to cause bigger problems he becomes more evil and selfish and flips everything upside down for Othello and Desdemona. Iago first starts off by telling Othello that the handkerchief has been given to Cassio but truthfully either Othello or Desdemona dropped it unnoticeably the handkerchief is found by Emilia and giving to Iago because he kept on asking for it because in his head he wanted to plant it on Cassio.Iago has talked to Othello about Desdemona being unfaithful and Othello asks for Iago to prove this disloyalty and Iago replies to him by saying There are kinds of men who so loose of a soul that in their sleeps will mutter their affairs. One of these kinds is Cassio.

In sleep I heard him say sweet Desdemona let us be wary, let us hide our loves. ” When Othello hears this he foolishly believes Iago and becomes filled with jealousy and threatens to kill Desdemona if this is true. Now what Iago has done is he has planted the handkerchief in the room of Cassio and Cassio sees it and asks Bianca his lover to copy the embroidery and that is a big mistake because of Othello hearing he has the handkerchief but now if he sees it its going to be another story Iago has caused way bigger problems just so he can get what he wants out of it.

Iago seems to have cause all the damage he can and so far it has done a lot he seems to have this very sneaky way of getting into someone’s head and brainwashing it he also has a good talent of acting he could be this very fun loving man who just cares about everything and everyone he serves to a watcher for the moor and a friend to roderigo. He has his very undercover ways of getting around and getting what he wants he’s very selfish at the most and he is for sure jealous of most people but all in all u need to watch out from a person like this. As you can see the pivotal character in the play is constantly using Roderigo and Cassio as nothing more than pawns or puppets. Without these two characters Iago’s plans would be near impossible.


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