Essay on Examining the Jealousy of Iago and Othello

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Literary Analysis

Jealousy can do horrible things to people, and It could even cause their death as Marleen states, “Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but Jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time” In Othello by William Shakespeare, Othello caused Desdamona’s death because she never thought of running away when Othello was getting jealous and wanted to kill her. Desdemona's love made her ignore Othello's jealousy. The theme of jealousy is demonstrated in the play by Iago and Othello.

The first Theme of jealousy is demonstrated by Iago. “O, Beware, my lord, of jealousy! / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / the meat it feeds on. (3.3.170-172). Iago pretends to warn Othello not to be
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“One Michael Cassio, a Florentine / (A fellow almost damned in a fair wife) / That never set a squadron in the field, / Nor the division of a battle knows / More than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric...”(1.1.21-34). Iago is saying that he hates Othello because Othello did not give him a promotion, instead he gave Cassio the position. Iago claims he’s much better then Cassio. Iago seems petty jealous. Jealousy is a horrible thing, causing doubt in people and the people they pass it on too.

The second Theme of jealousy is demonstrated by Othello. “Why, why is this? / Think’st thou I’d make a life of jealousy, / To follow still the changes of the moon / With fresh suspicions? No! To be once in doubt... / And on the proof there is no more but this: / Away at once with love or jealousy!” (3.3.181-197). Othello claims that he won’t be destroyed by jealousy. He says that Desdemona “had eyes, and chose him” even though he is black. “Speak of me as I am, nothing extenuate, / Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak / Of one that loved not wisely but too well, / Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought / Perplex'd in the extreme.” (5.2.358-362). Othello begs to be spoken of as a man so puzzled that he didn't know what he was doing when he accused Desdemona of disloyalty and murdered her. He does not want to be remembered as someone who got jealous easily. “As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad. / And his unbookish jealousy must

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