How does Iago control what happens in the play Othello?    

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Iago is the puppeteer; the other characters are his puppets.  He pulls the strings; the other characters dance to his music. He enrages Brabantio with his coarse language about Desdemona's elopement to Othello.   He manipulates Roderigo, getting him to sell all his lands:  "thus do I ever make my fool my purse."  He convinces Roderigo that he can have Desdemona if he will give Iago more money to gain her affections.  He uses peer pressure to get Cassio who has "poor and unhappy brains for drinking" to get so drunk that he injures Montano.  He persuades Cassio to go to Desdemona to regain his position as lieutenant.  And last, but most importantly, he convinces Othello that Desdemona is cheating on him and leads him to the conclusion that she and Cassio must be executed.

That said, Iago's powers are limited, and the characters allow themselves to be pawns.  Iago appeals to their dark sides; the characters have responsibility for their fates.  Brabantio might have trusted his...

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