Othello: Iago As Satan

The Devil has been a significant part of many people's culture for many years, and in being so significant, has come up in numerous stories. Using Irish Fairy and Folk Tales, I will compare one set of depictions of the devil, to the way William Shakespeare in Othello has depicted his devil character Iago. Iago acts exactly as the devil has in other stories, both with lies and deceit, both granting wishes and changing shape. Iago is a devil, proof lies in the text.
The Devil is well known for his "ignorant ways,"1 his deception and his trickery, traits which three sources (Othello, Irish Fairy and Folk Tales, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)have been quick to point out. Coincidentally ...

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the two of them were going out on a harmless trip to collect food, money, clothes, and livestock, but told him that they could accept nothing but what was offered to them from the heart. The two had been walking around for a long time, but neither the devil nor the hearth-money collector had gotten what they wanted. Coming across a woman working in her front yard, she yelled at the two men, "Oh, here's the hearth-money man--run away wid him,"5 the devil could do nothing but accept the offer ...

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Added: 3/27/2005 05:51:33 PM
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