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If you've purchased some of my materials already for 10th Grade English or 11th Grade AP Language & Composition, you'll probably notice that some of my lessons refer back to this essay.
This essay that I created serves as a model around effective interaction with text, as well as the ability to seamlessly synthesize sources alongside an original stance. The section pertaining to a comparison of Iago with Cassius is also highlighted for ease of reference purposes.
After weighing multiple interpretations of Iago, from Marvin Rosenberg’s view of him as the ultimate vindictive to Samuel Coleridge’s portrait of him as a “motiveless malignity”, I will propose an entirely innovative and multi-layered approach to perceiving Shakespeare’s most intelligent and controlling villain. Through a psychoanalytical scope, I strive to pin the commonly classified Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) on Shakespeare’s most “effective” criminal. Providing insight into: Iago’s age at the time of his first murder, keen awareness for time and expert use of it, extensive speech in monologue, lack of regard for truth, use of aliases, manipulation of others for mere self-reward, lack of remorse for human emotions, rationalization for hurtful conduct, and dehumanization of the world around him, I will depict Iago as a murderer in the making, whose criminal actions are largely the result of his ASPD, and whose villainous character is preceded by an eerily similar one in Cassius.