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becomes irrelevant to the reader. This irrelevance occurs because Iago acts as if there is no motive behind his actions whatsoever, but that he is terrorizing his peers for pleasure. As explained previously, his sadistic behaviors are parallel with his lack of motivation. Iago only
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seeks a sense of power, and when he is not handed the power he seeks it another way. Iago deals with this need for power in an ingenious way; he gains the trust of his friends and plants ideas in their minds that make them not trust anyone but him. Iago’s actions could have been justified if he was seeking revenge on Othello for not promoting him to lieutenant, as his reasoning would have been clear and therefore understandable. However, Iago’s motive is not to make Othello pay for not promoting him, he has no motive at all. Iago is acting solely on the basis of pure evil and desire to make others suffer. Iago stating that he is out to seek revenge on Othello because he did not receive the promotion appears to less of a motivation and more of an excuse for what he is about to do to Othello. “ I hate the Moor, and it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets' has done my office. I know not if 't be true, but I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety” (Act I, Scene III, Lines 329-334). In this quote, Iago is stating that he hates Othello because he is suspicious that Othello has slept with his life, while also making a racist comment towards Othello. The reason that Iago saying this is peculiar is that not long before this, he says he hates Othello because he was passed up on being promoted. This confusion of Iago’s motives further confirms that Iago has no clear motivations behind his actions, and therefore his actions cannot be justified. One of Iago’s most prominent qualities is his complete lack of human decency. Most of the actions that he commits throughout the play are essentially an attack on human decency, as he constantly makes racist comments, objectifies women, and upright murders his peers. “Your
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