Shakespeare 's Othello - The Detrimental Theme Of Jealousy

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The Detrimental Theme of Jealousy Othello is a classic Shakespearean tragedy that consists of many underlying themes depicted in the story. One of the most significant themes portrayed in this play revolve around the aspect of jealousy. Jealousy is a strong feeling of resentment that can overpower a person’s good will and compel them to take involuntary action against one. During the course of this play, we see three main characters that possess this idea of a jealous nature. The theme of jealousy is recognized in the villainous Iago which exposes his true self, the pathetic Roderigo, who in turn faces severe consequences, and the great Othello himself whom jealousy devours, leading him to make rash decisions. Firstly, the antagonist of the play, whom we know as Iago, plays a major role in conveying the theme of jealousy from his words and actions. As jealously engulfs him, Iago’s true intentions are revealed and we come to realize the type of character he really is. His jealous nature is noticed at the very beginning of the play when he states, One Micheal Cassio, a Florentine… That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows More than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric, Wherein he toged consuls can propose As masterly as he. Mere prattle without practice Is all his soldiership. But he, sir, had th’ election And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof At Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds Christian and heathen, must be belee’d and

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