Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello Essay examples
The theme of Othello is jealousy. Othello, a Moor who is an honored Venetian general, secretly marries Desdemona. On the night of their marriage in Venice Othello is ordered to Cyprus. Desdemona sails after him for Cyprus and they meet there again. Desdemona’s father is very angry about their marriage, though. As they arrive at Cyprus the whole story begins. Iago, Othello’s ancient, is very disappointed at not being promoted. He hates his rival Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant, and Othello. Iago decides to revenge on both of them. He makes Cassio drunk and consequently, Cassio is dismissed from the army. He tries to explain everything to Desdemona, who asks Othello to take Cassio back to the army. But …show more content…
Perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee: and when I love thee not
Chaos is come again.
Even though if you say Othello and almost everyone imagines jealousy, I must say that I rather agree with what Pushkin thinks of Othello: “Othello was not jealous, he was trustful. Othello’s soul was shattered and his whole outlook clouded simply because his ideal was destroyed.” I think that if Othello were jealousy, he would begin hiding, spying, peeping and that is what he did not. The truly jealous man is not like that. Othello declares at the end of the play that he was not jealous, at least he was not of a jealous temperament. He would not have suspected Desdemona if he had not been deceived by the villain - Iago. Iago is pretending to be an honest man and Othello’s reaction is just natural. Even Iago knew that Othello’s fatal flaw was his credulity, which enabled him to be led by nose.
In the first scene of the play Iago is surprised and upset by Othello’s good fortune and he also uses such words as: the black ram, the barbary horse, the beast with two back, which can reflect a kind of sexual envy and racial prejudice as well.
Iago also tells Roderigo (who loves Desdemona) that he hates Othello for promoting Cassio over his head despite his long service. But, nevertheless, everything that Iago says to other persons in the play is doubtable because he is actually