How should Iago be punished in Othello? I am just really bemused on how to write a five paragraph essay about punishing Iago.

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Until the last act of Shakespeare's Othello, Iago hasn't actually committed any crimes other than to manipulate others to the his "dirty work" and persuaded Othello into thinking the Desdemona was unfaithful to him and drive him into a jealous rage against her.

In act 5, scene 1, Iago's plans start to unravel, and he wounds Cassio and kills Roderigo.

In act 5, scene 2, after Othello kills Desdemona, Iago's wife, Emilia, reveals that Iago is responsible for all of the death and destruction that he instigated throughout the play. Iago becomes incensed at Emilia, stabs her, and runs off. Emilia dies a short time later.

Iago is apprehended and brought back to Othello and the others assembled with him, and Othello stabs Iago but doesn't kill him.

Under English law during Shakespeare's time, Iago would be hanged for the murders of Roderigo and Emelia. Othello isn't set in England, however, so English law doesn't apply to the crimes that are committed during the play. The first act of Othello takes...

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