Jealousy Othello Essay

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Throughout Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the major theme of jealousy is explored in detail through the main characters Othello and Iago's actions. In the tragedy Othello, Shakespeare focuses on how jealousy affects Othello and the other major characters to result ultimately in their destruction. The theme of jealousy is evident throughout the play as it motivates the characters’ actions and suggests alot about the impacts, effects and nature of jealousy itself. In Shakespeare’s Othello, jealousy is portrayed through the major characters of Iago and Othello. It acts as a poison administered by Iago's words to Othello which causes him to transform from an honest noble general into a vengeful murderer. Jealousy is the "Green eyed monster."…show more content…
One can tell that Iago’s jealousy has corrupted Othello. Earlier in the play Othello describes desdimona as "wondrous" and Heavenly" after Iago brings him evidence of her betrayal he describes her with wordssuch as a "haggard" or "lewd minx" and even "whore." This seems to prove the great effect jealousy has had on othello and how fast it has truly corrupted his character. Othello’s jealousy destroys his love through his hatred. Consequently, Othello has decided he must kill Desdemona. Even though Desdemona tries to tell him the truth, Othello is completely irrational and refuses to listen to her. Emilia, Iago's wife is also affected by jealousy. She tells Othello that she found the hankerchief and gave it to Iago, thus revealing that he planted it in Cassios room himself and is responsible for the whole bloody mess. Blind with rage Iago stabs Emilia from behind, murdering her. Othello then seriously wounds Iago but does not kill him. He states the he will not kill Iago because it is “happiness to die”. Instead. As the truth sinks in about Iago's deceipt Othello realizes that by believing Iago he led to the deaths of Roderigo, Desdemona, and Emilia. Because of this he then kills himself as an attonement for his sins and dies next to his wife Desdimona. Thorughout Othello Jealousy is seen almost like a disease that drives one to the point of madness. This is seen through how Iago corrupts others with his jealousy like a disease and how

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