Jealousy Wrecks Havoc in Othello

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“Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time”(anonymous). Love and hate interlinked together builds jealousy. Jealous people are that way because they envy or wish they could have what someone else has to fulfill the attention or satisfaction need. There is a void in their lives that they believe can be filled if only the status or the treasures that another has belonged to them. The characters in Othello fall under the same category. There are several reasons for jealousy but all the reasons are interlinked and can destroy their fate if they are not careful. In Othello William Shakespeare exemplifies the fine line between a diverse range of jealousy types and how …show more content…
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on:”(46). Iago warns Othello of jealous intuitions and tries to guard him against them explaining jealousy as a monster that preys upon the souls it attaches to. Othello is truly in love with Desdemona but Iago is trying to tear them apart because he is jealous of Othello for being married to Desdemona. Iago tries to plant these false stories in Othello’s mind to try to get him fired up against Desdemona and thus disowning her. “Why, why is this? Think’st thou I ‘ld make a life of jealousy, … I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove; and on the proof, there is no more but this, away at once with love or jealousy” (46). Iago tries to plant false rumors in Othello’s mind so as to provoke a jealous fit in Othello and make him go mad but Othello will not buy Iago’s claims without justified proof. Othello is not giving into Iago’s provocations so easily. Iago has not given up either because he has one more trick in his pocket to prove to Othello what he thinks is true. “And let him find it. Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ:” (50). Iago will not give up his scheming until Othello has his proof enough to believe Iago’s thoughts and claims. Iago is so jealous of the other characters especially Cassio that he is trying to turn his jealous tendencies into a plot to provoke a jealous wrath in Othello against Cassio. “As he
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