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“The Villain, Iago” Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "Honest" Iago. Iago, through some carefully thought-out words and actions, is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. “Still, for us to question the instrumentality of the justice, or the wisdom of the ‘justicer’ (as Othello calls himself), is to underestimate the power …

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