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This trust of Iago by his friends give him an efficient outlet to essentially give his friends horrible advice that will ruin their lives, and have them believe that Iago still acting out of love. An example from the text of Iago’s sadistic tendencies is when he says, “If thou canst cuckhold him, thou dost thyself a pleasure, me a sport” (Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 411-412). This quote is Iago talking to Roderigo early on in the play, explaining to him that if he seduces Desdemona, he will make a fool out of Othello, and both of them will have fun regarding Othello’s misery. This quote shows Iago taking pleasure from the pain of his friends very early on in the play. By saying he and Roderigo will have fun as they revel in Othello’s foolishness, Iago shows that he is not seeking revenge on Othello but only making a fool of him for personal enjoyment. “Yet that I put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure” (Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 302-304). In this quote, Iago explains that he wants to make Othello’s jealousy and suspicion of Desdemona so intense that it drives him into madness. Iago’s reasoning behind his actions are that he is takes pleasure in Othello’s struggles, and his severe hunger for power can be fulfilled when Othello’s insanity will leave command open to him when Othello is gone. Another reason why Iago is a sadist is the pleasure that he takes in knowing there is a possibility that someone might die. When his plan strays, he does not hesitate to kill Roderigo because he does not feel any guilt and only takes joy out of killing him. Iago is a villain who is acting out of pure evil, and lacks any clear motive that would justify his actions. At first, the reader is led to believe that Iago’s actions are fueled by him not receiving the promotion to lieutenant position. However, shortly into the play this motive becomes irrelevant to the reader. This irrelevance occurs because Iago acts as if there is no
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