The character Iago in Shakespeare’ s Othello has a distinct religious flavor. Previous religious interpretations of Iago define him as either the blasphemous Protestant Preacher (Mallette) or the non-Protestant Devil (Watson). But there exists a third possibility, wherein a truly individual and secularized Iago parodies the practices of various Christian denominations to display the destructive force of organized religion as a whole. Iago’ s destruction of Othello is based on more than pure hatred. It is also the means that Iago has chosen to demonstrate the deadly power of The Church. His annihilation of the hero Othello using only tactics found within religious practice perfectly proves his point.
Derek Jacobs, ’08 Westminster, CO
Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mathematics
Sponsor: Kirilka Stavreva