Iago explains this reason as, “One Michael Cassio, a Florentine,/ A fellow almost damned in a fair wife,/ That never set a squadron in the field,”...”He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,/… (I, i, 21-34). Iago is explaining the bad Othello has done him. He claims that after being a loyal, wonderful soldier, Othello has picked Iago as lieutenant, instead of him. He is upset about his decision, considering that Iago had earned that position, and instead gave it to someone who had minimal experience. What this provesis that both men had substantial reason to be jealous or angry. Both had their feelings hurt, which led to an outrage of jealousy, that connects both characters together throughtheir emotional responses. Due to the situations both men are in, it is impossible to justify one man over the other. Iago was trying to give Othello a taste of his own medicine, yet readers tend to sympathize with Othello and victimize Iago. InThe Moral Enigma of Shakespeare’s Othello, Alexander Crawford says, “‘...He makes no distribution of good and evil, nor is always careful to show in the virtuous a disapprobation of the wicked…” (Crawford 1)
regarding Shakespeare. In this case, neither of them represent good or evil. They both do each other wrong and both feel the other is unfair and evil. This is something people easily look over it seems. The structure of the acts has an impact on how their views are shown through omniscient point of view because throughout the play, we are aware of everything going on, but we only got an opportunity to experience the harm Iago is doing to Othello, and we only hear about what unfair deeds Othello has done to Iago through the mouth of Iago himself. If the readers had seen the acts which led to Iago’s jealousy, they would have had a different view of Othello all together. However, because we only see the jealous acts of Iago, it sheds a very poor light on him, while giving sympathy to Othello who the readers believe to be innocent in it all, while there is a backstory that is not emphasized how it should. Another way they are similar is their thirst for revenge. they both leave their jealousies with a change of mood. This is their transition into revenge. Iago went from being close with Othello, to hating him and plotting revenge. Iago says, “But for my sportand profit. I hate the Moor,/ And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets/ ‘Has done my office.” (I, iii, 429-431) Before this, Iago was thought be to close with Othello, until he was done wrong. This is where the jealousy changes his attitude, similar to what Alexander Crawford says in Othello’s Relationship with Iago, regarding Othello: “But thisis sufficiently answered for the present if we have succeeded in discovering a change ofattitude on the part of Othello, due to his infatuation with Desdemona, and to the fact that he found Cassio very [helpful in that regard]” (Crawford 1). Both men even have thesame process to revenge. Their attitudes change, which leads to the beginning of their revenge plots.
What led to the plotting of Iago’s revenge was what Othello did that hurt him.