When he discovers it, he is full of exultation : "I have't!
But I'll set down the pegs that make this music. The bargain of the compliant types whom Iago scorns is with their masters. When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, As I do now. The happiness of others This has apparently been the pattern of his relationship with Emilia : Tis not a year or two shows us a man.
Though his plots succeed, they involve also his own ruin, and, besides, his discovering that he had never the least reason to take revenge on any one. Iago has not only a fear of loving, but also a hopelessness of being loved.
He must be a villain in order to avoid feeling like a monster. Paris, Hamlet and His Problems. Anything which threatens Iago's vision of the world threatens also his sense of righteousness.
It is detectable, I think, in his role playing, in his relationship with Emilia, and, as we shall see later, in his reaction to the marriage of Othello and Desdemona. He imposes stringent demands and taboos upon himself, which Horney calls "the tyranny of the should".