Title of Abstract

Shakespeare’s Iago and Antisocial Personality Disorder

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Matthew Fike

Abstract

Previous studies of Iago overlook a powerful tool of psychological diagnosis, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. The paper uses this resource to argue that Iago suffers from antisocial personality disorder. Indeed, he displays three of seven antisocial character traits: deceit, recklessness, and aggression. Thus, Iago’s manipulation of and violence against other characters are symptoms of mental illness. If his malignity emanates from a psychological disorder, then Iago emerges as one of Shakespeare’s most well-rounded villains. Although the DSM-5 does not justify his actions, accurate psychological diagnosis does render him more human and understandable.

Course Assignment

Shakespeare, ENGL 305, Dr. Matthew Fike

Start Date

22-4-2016 12:40 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 12:55 PM

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Shakespeare’s Iago and Antisocial Personality Disorder

West Center,Room 217

Previous studies of Iago overlook a powerful tool of psychological diagnosis, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. The paper uses this resource to argue that Iago suffers from antisocial personality disorder. Indeed, he displays three of seven antisocial character traits: deceit, recklessness, and aggression. Thus, Iago’s manipulation of and violence against other characters are symptoms of mental illness. If his malignity emanates from a psychological disorder, then Iago emerges as one of Shakespeare’s most well-rounded villains. Although the DSM-5 does not justify his actions, accurate psychological diagnosis does render him more human and understandable.