the villain in Shakespeare's Othello.

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  • Again and again the reader asks himself why Iago is so venomous.

  • His quick wits jump to the conclusion that Iago, "this honest creature!"

  • He allows Iago to exhibit himself in his own way, as nature does.


    James Anthony Froude

  • Then he half-sang, half-recited, snatches from one of Iago's songs in Othello.

  • I'm like Iago: 'from this time forth I never will speak word!'

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

iago in Culture



The treacherous villain in the play Othello, by William Shakespeare. As adviser to Othello, a general of Venice, Iago lies to his master and eventually drives him to murder his wife.

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