Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

965 Words May 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Shakespeare uses themes in many of his works such as love, betrayal and others. Many of these themes are present in the play Othello, another one of Shakespeare 's works. Most prominent in the play Othello, is jealousy. Jealousy controls the characters in Othello from the beginning of the play to the end Some characters’ jealousy is caused by other characters, like Iago. He creates lies which cause other characters to act differently. He is jealous of Cassio and angry with Othello because he was not chosen as lieutenant of Cyprus, and Cassio was. Iago wants everyone to feel as bad as he does so he forces jealousy into other characters. Iago wants everyone to become jealous, so he betrays and manipulates the other characters. Othello starts of with a meeting between Roderigo and Iago. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and he pays Iago a great deal of money to steal her away from Othello. This scene is important because it immediately portrays Iago as sneaky character. Iago wants to exploit Othello as a thief by saying that Othello has stolen Desdemona’s heart using witchcraft. Iago convinces Roderigo to confront Brabantio, Desdemona 's father. He tells Roderigo, “Call up her father, Rouse him…poison his delights…do, with like timorous accent and dire yell,” (I. i. 64-65, 72). Iago does not care that Roderigo loves Desdemona and wishes to be with her. He only wants to have Brabantio after Othello because he wants Othello gone. Iago chooses what he says to get the…

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