In his soliloquy in Act 2 Scene 2 Line 380 he’s especially brutal towards Desdemona in his plans showing no shame what so ever. Othello exhibits a part of humans that is able to be tempted and deceived. While a good man at the start, Shakespeare uses this as a template to bring out the green-eyed monster of jealousy in Othello, as an attempt to highlight that quality in each of us. The dream speech in Act 3 Scene 3 Line 466 is where we see Iago makes this happen. As Iago ends Act 1 with his soliloquy, we become sure that dishonesty is one of his most revered qualities.
There may seem to be many motivations for villains throughout the times but as we study these scoundrels we find that generally they are motivated by pure jealousy, or a need of superiority. They utilize manipulation, both physically and mentally in order to achieve their goals and show a lack of remorse. Stephan King’s “Misery”, provides us with a very graphical depiction in Annie Wilkes a sadistic, mentally unstable retired nurse, who has a desire for power and control. Annie goes to tortuous extremes on her captive Paul Sheldon to realize this. Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge.
Jealousy in Othello results in the tragic ending like in the beginning of the play, Iago was jealoused of Cassio because he wanted to get Cassio’s position as a lieutenant, Rogerigo was jealoused of Othello because Desdemona loves Othello and not him and Othello was jealoused of Cassio because he thought that Cassio loves Desdemona more than him. Roderigo was jealoused of Othello because Desdemona loves Othello and not him. He was willing to do anything to win her love. It is the jealousy which moves him to do many evil things in the play. He gave a large amount of money to Iago to get Desdemona but he failed.
By saying these words to her he is crassly calling her a harlot, and making to appear that he never really loved her. Ophelia made one decision and that was to love Hamlet, and now he is using her actions to make her feel inferior and sinful. Up to this point in the play, Shakespeare depicted Hamlet as a mad man hell-bent on avenging his fathers suspect death, however: his cruel outburst at Ophelia is not a turning point in the story in which he goes from being a hero to being a cold-hearted oppressor. Hamlet tells Ophelia that she will have to ‘marry a fool’ because ‘wise men’ would know better than to marry her; he yells at her ‘get thee to a nunnery’, and yet the way it fits into the plot makes it seem almost expected. As the plot progresses Ophelia begins to lose her mind, resulting in her eventually suicide, but at no point his Hamlet called out for his harsh words against her in a significant way.
Roderigo askes Iago: Thou told st me thou didst hold him in thy hate. Iago says: Despise me if I do not. Three great ones of the city, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant, Off-capped to him; and, by the faith of man, I know my price; I am worth no worse a place. But he, as loving his own pride and purposes, Evades them with a bombast circumstance. (I, I, 9-13) Iago is slowly plotting against Othello to ruin his life for placing Michael Cassio ahead of him in the lieutenant ranking.
Othello Who a person decides to trust can make a big impact on their life, whether it be a good or bad one. Only when someone keeps believing lies that they think to be the truth, this can destroy everything that they once used to love. William Shakespeare shows us the tragedy that befalls on a man when he trust's the wrong man through the use of irony and symbolism in the play Othello. In his article over Othello Charles Boyce describes the play as "a domestic comedy gone wrong. "Boyce talks of the jealousy and hate that drives Iago to deceive the moor to "show how a noble man can lose faith and go in a frenzy caused by the loss of trust."
Hamlet’s slaying of Polonius only leads Hamlet to believe that it was a heaven-sent tool of vengeance to punish Polonius’s sins and to stain his own soul with blood. Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony exposes the deeper meaning and function of Hamlet’s actions. Hamlet denounces Ophelia in order to break all emotional connections with her, although this gets him no closer to revenge with Claudius. Hamlet expresses the same prejudice and hate in his outburst towards Ophelia that he does when he is thinking aloud to himself. Hamlet’s ingenious scheme to write a play in order to trigger a guilty reaction from Claudius is not typical of a madman.
How betrayal destroys relationships is evident in Hamlet’s relationship with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. “Why, man, they did make love to this employment./They are/not near my conscience. Their defeat/Does by their own insinuation grow./'Tis/dangerous when the baser nature comes/Between the pass and fell incensèd/points/Of mighty opposites.” (5.2.61-66). Hamlet knew that his so called friends had chosen the King over him and now feels no
Shakespeare had to make recourse to a wholly artificial device in order to show Hamlet in action, or inaction – the soliloquy. Another strain that goes through Hamlet, and a disturbing one, is the abuse by Hamlet of his former beloved and his mother, Ophelia and Gertrude. In his scenes with Ophelia, Hamlet is relentlessly cruel, charging her with a lustful nature, a dishonest heart, a dissembling appearance, and so on. He builds up, in scene three, to an utterly misogynistic rant, beginning, “I have heard of your paintings well enough.” Men in the English Renaissance were obsessed with women’s make-up, which they took to be a symbol of feminine wiles, excuses, manipulations, artifices, and hypocrisies. Shakespeare, especially, has a long rhetorical history with this line of vitriol; it shows up in many of his plays and features strongly in his Sonnets.
What better to say then jealousy is both love and hate at the same time. But others could agree that love over powers all, in this case of the play Othello, hate conqueres all and turns jealousy into madness. Othello lets the jealousy take over his life and his wisdom of his true love for Desdemona. His brain and heart became decepting and he believed that his wife had been unfaithful. Othello was not a guillable man but he was a believer in anyone.