Who is the villain in othello?
Iago is, although he is more likely to get others to do bad
things than to do them himself. He does murder Roderigo, after
egging him on to kill Cassio. He also induces Othello to murder
The villain in Othello is Iago as he twists Othello's mind and gets him to kill Desdemona, steals from Roderigo and kills him, kills Emilia, wounds Cassio and ruins his job.
Of course Iago is a villain, a malcontent - to be more specific. He schemes ever since the beginning of the play to bring down Othello arguably for no real reason at all. Iago is abusive to all that know him, including desdemona, Roderigo, Cassio, and his wife Emelia. Constantly verbal irony takes place when Iago is referred to as "Honest," when in reality he is quite the opposite
Shakespeare wrote three characters who were specifically Africans (or Moors, as they called them then.) English people of that time made no distinction between Africans from North Africa and those from sub-Saharan Africa. They are Aaron in Titus Andronicus, who is a thoroughgoing villain, the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, who is something of a comic figure, and Othello in Othello, who is the main character in the play, a tragic hero.
There are three Shakespearean characters who are African and are called Moors. Some if not all of them were intended to be North African types, not sub-saharan. They are: Aaron in Titus Andronicus who is a villain of the melodrama type, The Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice who is somewhat comic, and Othello in Othello who is a tragic hero.
There is no novel of Othello, actually. The famous Othello is a play by Shakespeare. Plays are not novels. If Othello was white, Othello wouldn't have been insecure, his relationship with Desdemona wouldn't be disapproved of and Iago might have hated Othello less. That is, of course assuming that Othello is white and so is everybody else. If Othello were white and everyone else was black, the story would be much the same because Othello's…