Roderigo’s fury at Cassio is part of Iago’s diabolical scheme. He intends to humiliate Cassio in front of Othello. His inadequate performance has the potential to end his career as a lieutenant. The lack of confidence in Cassio may lead him to doubt their friendship. So, Iago starts a quarrel between them. Othello sees it and immediately fires the lieutenant.
In the second act, Iago grows a strategy that relies on convincing Othello of his wife’s infidelity. The protagonist may be easily persuaded because he is insecure and vulnerable. Iago does not, however, rely only on rumors. His plan is more complex than it appears at first glance.
Iago opts to disgrace Cassio’s reputation in order to make Desdemona’s infidelity plausible. Furthermore, he is envious of the young lieutenant. Iago wanted this position for himself, so Othello promoted him. The antagonist is able to ruin Cassio’s career and dishonor him in one encounter. As a result, Iago made his claimed relationship with Desdemona seem real. Being aware of Cassio’s alcohol issues, the antagonist motivates him to drink:
If I can fasten but one cup upon him,
With that which he hath drunk to-night already,
He’ll be as full of quarrel and offence
As my young mistress’ dog.
(Act 2, Scene 3)
As a result, the lieutenant performs inadequately. He gets into a quarrel with Roderigo, another Iago’s victim, as requested by the villain.
How now, Roderigo!
I pray you, after the lieutenant; go.
(Act 2, Scene 3)
Meanwhile, Iago takes Othello to the site of the duel. He dismisses Cassio from his post after seeing his conduct. Frustrated, Cassio attempts to win back Othello’s trust.
Iago makes a desperate attempt to recover after he learns that Desdemona is pregnant. He asks her to speak favorably about him in front of Othello. Iago takes advantage of this opportunity.
He continues to persuade Othello that his wife is having an affair with Cassio. Desdemona’s flattering words about Cassio provide fodder for doubt. By the end, Iago’s villainy triumphs over Othello’s trust in rumors. Desdemona is murdered because she is unfaithful, according to Othello.
Overall, Iago’s aim in starting a quarrel between Roderigo and Cassio is merely a minor element of his overall plan. He aims to demolish his opponent, and he is prepared to do anything to succeed. Iago has a deep grasp of human nature. People who are overly trusting are under the influence of clever Iago.
“I’m not what I appear to be. ” Despite Iago’s denial to Roderigo that he is not who he appears to be, this puppet-master of a character is still able to control others while maintaining his reputation as the “honest Iago.”
Iago’s usage of the language as a persuasive, controlling, emotional, and rhetoric technique may have played a role. When attempting to anger Brabantio, Iago employs bestial imagery such as “a black ram is sodomizing your white ewe,” and “the Moor and your daughter are now making the beast with two backs.”
The use of the word ‘white’ in this animal alludes to works not just Othello as an animalistic, aggressive, and sexual being in Brabantio’s perception, but also to convey his daughter as innocent and pure.
Hamlet’s father calls him a “stage” and advises him to be seen, not heard. This causes a contrast between the two lovers, inflating Othello’s desire to prey on Desdemona and bestializing him. Similarly, Iago alludes to connotations of thievery when he claims that Desdemona has been stolen from Brabantio as an extension of her father’s role in the play.
Iago says the word “thieves” again and even asks if Desdemona’s doors are locked to incite Brabantio into seeing the situation as theft from himself since he has not given them permission to marry. Why did Iago want Roderigo to get mad at Cassio? Because he was still enraged that Cassio had been promoted to lieutenant instead of him.