Iago; The sliest villain in "Othello"
A villain is defined as a character in a story or play who opposes the hero according to Webster’s Dictionary. In "Othello," Iago fits this definition perfectly though Othello does not recognize that Iago is his enemy until the end of the story. Iago is the backstabbing, evil-minded, manipulative character in this theatrical story. He demonstrates this treachery all throughout the story beginning with being angry with Othello for not appointing him as lieutenant, his revenge on Cassio for taking his place as lieutenant, and setting up Desdemona to look like she is cheating on Othello. His maneuvers are so effective because they flow smoothly. From the very start, Iago's manipulations are driven by the desire to take vengeance to those who anger him. In William Shakespeare's "Othello," Iago's manipulation of Othello serves as the role of evil in all of Venice and Cyprus.
Othello rages Iago over the position he gave to Cassio and it is because of this Iago calls for revenge by making Othello murder his wife. In Act 1, Scene 1, Iago and Rodrigo are talking among one another in regards to Othello not choosing Iago as his lieutenant and how Rodrigo longings for Desdemona. Iago conveys a plan to get back at Othello and also to help Rodrigo achieve his desire for Desdemona. Angry, Iago reveals his hatred upon Othello by waking Desdemona's father, Brabantio, and informing him about his daughter not being in her room and is out marrying the Moor, Othello. In Act 2, Scene 1, Iago suspects Othello having an affair with Iago's wife. Already we can see this villain spawning but does not show his hate to Othello. In addition, Iago influences Othello to believe that Desdemona is cheating while all along she is being truthful about her innocence. Iago does this to try to gain Othello's trust in hopes that when Cassio is lowered from his position as lieutenant, Othello will appoint Iago as his next worthy right wing man.