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The Jealousy Of Roderigo In Shakespeare's Othello

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Roderigo is a perfect embodiment of the expression “love makes you do crazy things.” This saying is demonstrated throughout William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. In this exhilarating play, Roderigo, a rich Venetian, believes he is in love with Desdemona. Thus, he does anything possible to try to win her from the army general, Othello. His jealousy causes him to act in a way that comes off as foolish and gullible.
Roderigo is envious towards Othello because he wants his wife, Desdemona, for himself. When Roderigo finds out Othello had secretly married Desdemona he quickly goes to her father to tell him the news, “your fair daughter… Transported with no worse nor better guard… To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor” (I.i.). Roderigo informs Brabantio of this for his own selfish reasons not to do a good deed. Jealousy affects Roderigo in a big way because he cannot live his life happily knowing he is not with Desdemona, making him a bitter and evil person. Jealousy does not only make him wicked but it makes Roderigo misperceive the current situation, which causes him to not be able to determine what is reasonable and what is not. This makes him commit very foolish decisions.
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As his wingman, Iago tries to take advantage of Roderigo’s foolishness, “ Put money in thy purse; follow thou the wars; defeat thy favour with an usurped beard… It cannot be that Desdemona should long continue her love to the Moor- put money in thy purse- nor he is to her” (I.iii.) He believes Iago will go through with his promise so he invests all of his money on this scheme. Roderigo has been played by Iago over and over again, he is unable to do anything about it because he has become very weak- minded. In fact Roderigo has become so weak- minded that he is easily persuaded by
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