In Othello, Iago’s characterization of his deception and villainous state shows the nature
of mankind. To show the nature of villainy in Othello, Shakespeare writes to Iago’s manipulation
and exploitation of Othello’s otherness.
To get revenge on Othello for not promoting him to the lieutenant position, Iago
manipulates Othello. He manipulates Othello by deceiving him of his relationship with
Desdemona. He starts off by weaving Cassio into his plot since in Othello’s eyes “Cassio’s a
proper man” (1.3.395) but disproves his proper image by manipulating Cassio to become
improper. Iago makes Cassio become drunk since he knows Cassio becomes angry when
intoxicated, which can ruin his image in front of Othello. As Cassio slurs around, Desdemona
comes to his side to help him out. As Othello comes out to see the ruckus, Iago goes to him and
starts saying how Desdemona is close to Cassio and implies that she is having an affair with
Cassio. Othello, however, does not flinch at the sight and thought since he trusts Desdemona’s
kind and loyal nature. Iago still tries to go on with his plan as he takes the handkerchief from
Desdemona and puts it inside Cassio’s room. As Othello sees the handkerchief in the hands of
Cassio, he becomes enraged at the betrayal of two of the most loyal people to...