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OTHELLO FINAL PAPER
2. Discuss the techniques Iago used to manipulate others
Through out the play of Othello Iago used many techniques to get what he wanted
and one way or another he some how all most always got what he wanted. His techniques
were that of an everyday sneaky, conniving bad guy, who always got people to trust him,
except the person that was closest to him. But the main overall techniques he used were;
1)He gained the trust of people. Which was the number one technique, and from gaining
their trust he could branch off form that and then he could manipulate the people he was
playing into thinking that he was on their side even when he might be on the opposite side.
Another thing that he could do to people was to, from gaining their trust and making then
think that he was on their side he could manipulate them and make them turn on each
other. The other technique that he used which didnt nearly play a role as large as the first
technique but was important was he was always very careful, in being discovered and by
covering his tracks. He knew how to take care of things in precarious situation. There was
in my own personal opinion one more technique, and that was that he knew how to use all
his options and could use his wits and cunningness.
Iagos number one technique was his ability to make people trust him. He had just
about everyone spun in Iagos web. Rodrigo, Othello, Cassio, Desdemona, Emilia, and
etc. And he got every one of them to trust him, although he still hadnt got Emilia into his
web fully. She still had suspicions about him. He could gain the trust of people as if it was
nothing to him. He always when talking to that certain person said that he was on their
side, making a false trust that the person believed, and therefore trusted him. Now most of
the people he did this to it worked on. Such as Cassio calling him Honest Iago and when
Cassio got in that fight with Rodrigo, he believed that Iago was the only good, honest man
on his side, even though he was the one who set him up. By getting him drunk through his
other technique of being cunning. Ok so now that he gets the trust of people he can work
with that, he would make everyone he came in contact with feel as if he was on their side.


He could manipulate their minds, tell them false things. Such as whos the bad guy, whos
planing against them, and when he was talking to Othello who was cheating on who. Such
a lady named Desdemona, who was supposedly cheating on a guy whom he once fired. And
that was all accomplished through one guy named Iago. He got Cassio fired, got the
hanky that Othello gave to Des. in Cassios possession, and convinced Othello that Cassio
was cheating with his wife Desdemona. Now that he could do all that with out anyone but
his wife finding out, he must have had some good techniques. He had from the very
beginning known what he wanted. He wanted revenge from Othello for not getting the
job, and Cassio for getting the job. And for whoever gets caught in the middle of his web
oh well, too bad. In his work he got what he wanted, and all by using his techniques, so
they do work. He got everything accomplished but one thing didnt tun out as he wanted
and that was that he got caught.
Now for the other technique that he used that was that he knew how to cover his
tracks, and try to make sure that he wouldnt be caught. Even though he did it took them
a very long time. He did this by being very careful. He did things such as when Brabantio
was outside talking and hearing news about his daughter, he could see Rod. but there was
another voice, talking and telling him about Othello his daughter Des. and how Othello
got her through witchcraft. Now by not showing his face he could run over to Othello
pretend to tell him some false information and then have Bra. walking up the street and
not know that it was Iago telling him that information. Then later on when there was a
fight and Rod. was hurt he was about to spill all and tell about Iagos hidden agenda,
Iago killed him ending the threat that his wildcard Rod. might get him in trouble, and he
killed him when he was on the ground and no one was looking. So he therefore was
covering his back and making sure he wouldnt be caught.
The next technique that he used was that he knew how to use all his options
he could use all the tools in his grasp. Such as using the slow wit of Rod. and exploiting
that to get him to do things, like give him money. He had his wits, his cunningness, and
his use to exploit people.
Ok so those were the techniques that Iago used to manipulate others. Although we
only read about him gaining Cassio in his web Im sure he might have used other
techniques to get the trust of the others. So the techniques that he used were to gain their
trust, then branch off that. Another one was that he knew how to cover his tracks, and the
last one was that he knew how to use all his options. So Iago accomplished all his tasks
with those simple techniques.


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