Othello

What sort of person is Iago, as he appears in act 1?

What sort of person is Iago, as he appears in act 1?

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The key to Iago's character is in the line "I am not what I am"; Roderigo should take this as a warning, but fails to. Everything which Iago presents himself as is a false show; even here, he pretends to be less evil than he truly is, though this first scene represents the peak of Iago's honesty about himself with another character.

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For future reference: Iago is primarily known as the story's main villain although many may disagree. From the first scene, we learn that Iago is very manipulative. Iago uses this nature to cause havoc throughout the novel, deceiving characters by "speaking all tongues". His attitude and form of speech changes depending on who is around him. This is evident when contrasting his dialogue from scene 1 (when he and Roderigo were talking on the streets at night) and scene 2 (when advising/speaking with Othello prior to Brabantio's arrival). I would recommend going to other homework helping sites as well to quickly find answers.