Iago is the other central figure in Othello. In fact he has the most lines of any character in the play and we can make the same sorts of points and evidence as we did for Othello.
|Iago is angry with Othello||Cassio has been promoted and Iago ignored|
|He plans against Othello||'I follow him to serve my turn upon him'|
|He is secretive||'I am not what I am'|
|He seems to hate women||He says they 'rise to play and go to bed to work'|
|He manipulates Othello||He tells Othello to 'forget' that Desdemona was a 'fair woman'|
|He lies||He invents a story about Cassio talking in his sleep|
|He is ruthless||He doesn't mind who is killed because 'Every way makes my gain'|
|He is cowardly||He doesn't fight fairly - he stabs Roderigo when he's injured and kills his wife 'from behind' then runs away|
There are a number of other characters you might want to look at and the following section gives a brief outline of their characters and relationships.