Appearance and Deception, Iago as a Satan Figure
The play Othello by William Shakespeare we encounter Iago, one of Shakespeare's most evil characters. Iago is an ensign in Othello's army and is jealous of Cassio's promotion to Lieutenant. Through deception and appearance, we see unfolded a plethora of lies and clever schemes. The astonishing thing about Iago is that he seems to make up his malicious schemes as he goes along without any forethought. Iago
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Lodovico asks: "Where is that viper? bring the villain forth" (V.ii.285). When Satan is in the garden, he is referred to as the serpent.. Iago says that he is the "I am not". He is, in essence, the exact reverse of God. As we have seen, metaphorically and by example, Iago has proven to be the epitome of evil in that he uses the same tactics that Satan does to get what he wants.