- Act 5 of Othello by William Shakespeare demonstrates the power vengeance has on multiple lives.
- Iago manipulates several other characters.
- Iago stabs Cassio- He later comes back and acts sympathetic.
- Iago kills Roderigo.
- Othello kills Desdemona.
- Iago kills Emilia.
- Othello kills himself.
- Iago refuses to fess up to his conniving ways.
- He announces that he is not going to speak anymore once the other characters call him out on it.
A. Act 5 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays just how conniving and evil-minded Iago truly is because he constantly manipulates and wears a mask to hide his wickedness.
- Iago and Othello discuss killing Cassio and Desdemona because of their secret love affair and act of betrayal.
- Iago then tells Roderigo to attempt to kill Cassio.
- To himself, Iago notes, “Now whether he kill Cassio, or Cassio him, or each do kill the other, every way makes my gain,” (Shakespeare 5.1. 13-15).
- Iago is implying that he doesn’t really care about Cassio or Roderigo.
- This is a huge manipulative move because he is blatantly lying and deceiving Roderigo right to his face.
- At night, Roderigo undertakes the deed but fails.
- Eventually Iago kills Roderigo.
- The night of the brawl, Iago comes into the scene and quickly learns and volunteers to help Cassio with his wounds by saying, “Marry heaven forbid! Light, gentleman. I’ll bind it with my shirt,” (Shakespeare 5.1. 86-87).
- Iago is clearly concerned about the horrid wound that is troubling Iago and is willing to use his own clothing in order to help Cassio survive and not lose lots of blood.
D. This position seems reasonable because Iago is generously offering clothes on his very own body in order to save a friend.
E. But it is more complicated than that. Iago is just being deceptive. Earlier, Iago claimed that he would be perfectly alright if both Cassio and Roderigo were killed as long as his plan was carried through. Iago was the one to kill Roderigo. Iago is the one who later does not admit to being manipulative and deceptive. Iago stabbed every character in the back and nudged the knife farther and farther through . Iago began all conflicts. Iago manipulates all of the characters so that he could be happy and get his way.
F. Iago is a truly manipulative mastermind who likes to deceive everyone and control others like a puppet master in order to get revenge on Othello and Cassio.