Act 1 scene 3 ends with Iago's soliloquy. Why does he think that this plan may be succesfsful in Othello?

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Iago's plan in Act 1, Scene 3 of Othello is brilliant.  He understands people very well, and he knows what do to do to instigate conflict.  He is quite suspicious of Othello, who he believes is sleeping with Emilia.  He is angry with Cassio for taking the position of lieutenant that Iago felt belonged to him.  So, Iago needs to take revenge on both Othello and Cassio.

Perfect revenge has several characteristics:  the victim must suffer more than the avenger did, the avenger must exact his revenge with impunity,  the victim must know that the avenger is causing his suffering, and lastly, the avenger must be present to see...

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