This paper discusses Iago’s motivations and interactions in `Othello`.
This paper is a detailed look at the villain Iago from William Shakespeare’s play, “Othello”. The author discusses how Iago had no motive for acting in such an evil manner, or what his intentions truly were. The paper speculates that Iago was villainous purely for the pleasure of being evil.
“One of the most important questions for any of us to try to understand in our lives is what makes some people good and others evil. We look to our own experiences for guidance, to the standards of any religion that we might follow, to our cultural and political leaders and to the realm of art. For surely one of the marks of the great artist is that he or she is able to encapsulate and articulate the important elements about the debate over what makes some people take the path of moral conduct while others become evil. William Shakespeare is one of those artists who has for four centuries helped us to clarify the nature of good and evil by presenting us with complex characters that allow us to understand human motivation.”