How Does Shakespeare Explore The Theme Of Jealousy In Othello?
I am going to analyse the main types of jealousy that are shown in the play Othello. These types of jealousy are Professional jealousy, Personal jealousy and Sexual Jealousy. As you can see the theme of jealousy is the main catalyst that fuels the action and drama of the play.
Starting with Professional jealousy. This is a type of jealousy that is shown towards the beginning of the play when Shakespeare writes how Iago is jealous of the character of Michael Cassio in his soliloquy “In personal suit to make me his lieutenant … One Michael Cassio a Florentine. A fellow most damned in a fair wife that never set a squadron in the field.” Shakespeare let Iago have this line so he could show a fury of being beaten to a position a person would have thought was theirs by a man with no experience but was learned.
However, it seems as though all professional jealousy seems to revolve around the character of Michael Cassio, but once again it comes from the character of Iago. Shakespeare uses Iago as the character that is gifted with the art of persuasion and deception as Shakespeare has allowed him to deceive the gullible character of Roderigo. Iago seems to have the power to make a character feel worthless and depressed “It is silliness to live when to live is torment.” But by letting Iago’s character have soliloquies it allows the audience to get to know the motives behind what Iago is doing “He hath a daily beauty in his life that makes me ugly and besides the Moor may unfold me to him.” When it says ‘He hath a daily beauty in his life’ I believe Shakespeare is talking about Michael Cassio just generally having a happy life. Shakespeare also lets Iago show a small bit of concern for himself in the quote when he says ‘And besides the Moor may unfold me to him’. He may be showing concern because may get found out by somebody..
Iago is also the cause of most of the personal jealousy with the...