Iago
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Iago

Othello

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Living… in early modern Venice, serving under the general Othello.

Visiting... Cyprus. When Othello was sent to help repel the Turks, Iago went with him. Now that the city has been saved from invasion, they're spending a few days there to celebrate the victory.

Profession… soldier. But Iago doesn’t seem quite content, and he's jealous of Othello's decision to promote Cassio, another one of Othello’s right-hand-men, to lieutenant. With Othello seeming unwilling to recognize his skills, Iago has decided to take matters into his own hands.

Interests… manipulating everyone around him. There isn’t a single person that Iago hasn’t told some lie to or led around by the nose for his own purposes. What he says varies by the minute, but one thing is sure: Iago hates Othello and wants to bring him down—though his motivations are unclear.

Relationship Status… married. His wife Emilia is an attendant to Othello’s wife, Desdemona. One of the reasons Iago hates Othello is that he suspects him of sleeping with Emilia, saying, “I hate the Moor;/And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets/He has done my office.” But Iago otherwise doesn’t seem to care much about his wife.

Challenge… bringing Othello down. Iago cares about nothing but making Othello miserable, and in order to do that, he's willing to ruin the lives of everyone around him. However, that doesn't mean Iago has to be obvious about it. No, as he puts it, “When devils will the blackest sins put on/They do suggest at first with heavenly shows/As I do now.” He is careful to avoid everyone’s suspicion, for if it becomes clear that Iago's the one behind all the gossip and doubts, then his whole plan will fall apart.

Personality… manipulative and sociopathic. Iago cares about nothing but his revenge on Othello, but he doesn’t seem to have a clear reason for hating him so intensely. But with such a clever tongue and sharp wits, it’s easy for Iago to get his way—especially since he doesn’t care if people have to die for it.

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