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Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello

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The play Othello by William Shakespeare was published during the 16th century, it is one of Shakespeare’s popular and controversial plays. Shakespeare depicts Othello’s race as placing him apart in some respects from the predominantly white European society in which he lives. Jealousy is another of the main themes in Othello. Iago is the first character to start the sparks of jealousy in Othello, and in the end, causes the downfall of Othello and Desdemona. In the end, racism and jealousy are the causes of the tragedy in Othello. The most irreparable offense of Othello is to marry the beautiful, white, aristocrat, Desdemona. As a matter of fact, it is not a sin the love and affection between Othello and Desdemona, but the race of…show more content…
The marriage of Othello and Desdemona is a real ’marriage’ a true love based on reciprocal knowledge and respect of each other, a love that has no element of lust. The love between Othello and Desdemona surpasses the corporal obstacles of race, nationality, and age. But this love is demolished as soon as jealousy enters Othello’s mind thanks to Iago. Iago suggests to Othello that his wife has been cheating on him with Cassio. Othello disregards his love for Desdemona and evokes for revenge. Certitude has allowed his mind from skepticism and suspicion. Now he vows action, Othello wants Cassio and Desdemona dead, "for she shall not live; no, my heart is turned to stone" (Shakespeare,…show more content…
Othello Syndrome is sort of a delusional pathological jealousy, marked by doubting a loyal partner of unfaithfulness. The syndrome was named by the English psychiatrist John Todd. Observing, controlling, and violence can happen in the relationship, and it requires psychiatric treatment. The illness is named after Shakespeare’s Othello, who murdered his wife Desdemona because he believed she cheated on him. As in the Shakespearean play, the modern-day patient with Othello syndrome demonstrates with the capacity for violence towards his spouse/partner or himself because of the presumed cheatings. As in the play, the syndrome can be very menacing and it can result in separation of marriage, murder and even
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