Theme Of Jealousy In Othello

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“Jealousy, the dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.”- Havelock Ellis.
¨To what profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.¨Othello who was a great man of much grace was on a crusade to restore “honor” to his appellation. In the tragedy of "Othello", a play composed by William Shakespeare which explores the many motifs and themes, touches on one with great effect, jealousy and the implication of what is real and what is not. Jealousy is the overarching theme and the main motivation of most of the characters in”Othello.” Othello who had sufficed with the mere thought of killing his wife was a victim of self-perception borderlining illusion and reality, which was orchestrated by “honest” Iago, his ancient. Othello had chosen to go the wrong way about the whole situation and waited until he essentially become mad and wanted to “fix”the problem. Othello, our tragic hero who fell from such divine grace had suffered mentally under the thumb of Iago’s schemes. A poise man such as Othello had lost his way as he coped with the thoughts of being “cuckold” by his wife. Putting Othello in modern day context we must recognize that we also fall prey of jealousy, the green-eyed monster. Othello, like many of Shakespeare's tragedies, focuses on the protagonist, whose life is ruined due to an hamartia. Part of the human condition is that the act of being jealous has been repeated countless times throughout history, in a multitude of different ways.

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