Comparing Othello and Iago

Comparing Othello and Iago

Both Othello and Iago are fearless and poetic males who are conquered by the desire for revenge, nevertheless, Othello does not have the keen insight Iago has, and as an outcome, is destroyed by Iago. Othello and Iago are both fearless and assertive guys. Brabantio might try to end Othello’s marital relationship; however he will “Let [Brabantio] do his spite./ [His] services which [he] have done the signiory/Shall out-tongue [Brabantio’s] grievances” (I. ii. 17-19). Despite the fact that Brabantio may have the power to mess up Othello’s marital relationship with Desdemona, he is confident to what he may do and is undeterred by Brabantio’s malevolence.

Similar to Othello, Iago is likewise courageous and adventurous when he recommends Othello to “Need [him] nothing. What [he] know [s], [he] know [s]/ From this time forth [he] never will speak word” (V. ii. 303-304). Seeing as Othello and Iago are similar in being fearless, they’re poetic language is rather different. Othello is passionate, sensuous, and sincere, while Iago is cynical, sneaky, and evil. Iago’s twisted self paradoxically cautions Othello about jealousy: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;/ It is the green-eyed beast, which doth mock/The meat it feeds upon. That cuckold resides in happiness” (III. iii. 165-167). It is paradoxical considering that the green-eyed beast is exactly what Iago is attempting to promote in Othello’s heart and mind. Othello on the other hand is a positive and truthful man. Othello thinks that” [He] must be discovered./ [His] parts, [his] title, and [his] perfect soul/Shall manifest [him] rightly” (I. ii. 30-32). Othello is truly confident in his worth and the righteousness of his actions. Although he is very much an outsider in Venice, he expresses his self-confidence in his capability and in his self-regard with his poetic language.

Even though Othello is confident he lacks insight and his words are inarticulate. Othello believes he “enjoyed not carefully, but too well” (V. ii. 344). It holds true that he did not enjoy sensibly, however neither did he like too well. His marriage is based on adoration and pity rather than love considering that he does not trust his better half in the least. Othello is easily jealous and gullible as he thinks everything Iago informs him about Desdemona. Unlike Othello, Iago has keen insight.

Iago mores than happy since “Now whether he eliminate Cassio,/ Or Cassio kill him, or each do kill the other,/ Every way makes his gain” (V. i. 12-14). Iago’s insight allows him to manipulate many characters in the play. His computing is directly accountable for the death of Roderigo, Othello, Desdemona, and his own spouse Emilia. For that reason, though Othello and Iago are conquered by the desire for vengeance it is Othello’s lack of insight that destroys him and it is Iago’s astute intuition that makes him effective till the end.