Othello – Iago

    Othello – Iago

    Shakespeare – Men

    Act 2, sc. 3, lines 336-362*
    (*line numbers will vary slightly according to the edition of the text being used)

    And what’s he then that says I play the villain,
    When this advice is free I give and honest,
    Probal to thinking, and indeed the course
    To win the Moor again? For ’tis most easy
    Th’ inclining Desdemona to subdue
    In any honest suit; she’s framed as fruitful
    As the free elements. And then for her
    To win the Moor–were ‘t to renounce his baptism,
    All seals and symbols of redeemèd sin–
    His soul is so enfettered to her love
    That she may make, unmake, do what she list,
    Even as her appetite shall play the god
    With his weak function. How am I then a villain
    To counsel Cassio to this parallel course,
    Directly to his good? Divinity of Hell!
    When devils will the blackest sins put on,
    They do suggest at first with heavenly shows,
    As I do now. For whiles this honest fool
    Plies Desdemona to repair his fortunes,
    And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor
    I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear:
    That she repeals him for her body’s lust;
    And by how much she strives to do him good,
    She shall undo her credit with the Moor.
    So will I turn her virtue into pitch,
    And out of her own goodness make the net
    That shall enmesh them all.