Othello, By William Shakespeare Essays

903 Words Jun 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
There are evil, manipulative people in this world. Iago, in Othello by William Shakespeare, is a great example. He uses people 's weaknesses, honor, and ignorance to control them fueled by the very “Green-eyed monster” (III.iii.166). Jealousy dwells in every human no matter how good-hearted one is, but it is an option whether to recognize it or not. Unlike Iago, Othello was not aware of the jealousy that was inside him; therefore, he was not able to control it. Iago exploits this opportunity to reveal Othello’s inner jealousy and guide him into tragedy by manipulating the other characters. There are numerous themes in “Othello” by William Shakespeare, however, the predominant theme is jealousy. In scenes of jealousy there are usually three people involved: The threatened individual, a partner of opposite gender and the rival. In this case the threatened individual being Iago, Desdemona as the partner and of course Othello as the rival. Iago feels threatened to Othello because people look up to him. Othello has a better rank than Iago and a relationship with the beautiful Desdemona, which he hates illustrated by his own words, “I hate the Moor!”(I.iii.69). Iago’s goal then is to spread his jealousy and envy to other victims. Iago is able to accomplish it by being incredibly good at saying the right things to people and staying on the shadows while plotting his scheme. He gets the reaction that he wants out of the people and avoids confrontation at all costs to keep his…

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