It is something that can destroy relationships and also consume the mind. Jealousy can be seen represented in the play a number of times and ways from suspicion to competition, and in every case, it can be very destructive. The jealousy theme in Othello is very interesting because Iago, an evil and destructive character, displays jealousy from the very beginning of the play. Iago has a mind where he feels that he should take revenge on those who he feels have done him wrong. Iago is jealous of both Othello and Cassio because of the same issue.
"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." (Boyce 570). Othello is tricked into believing all the wrong things which causes him to lose his sanity. Over his web article critic Christopher Baker says that Iago's only reason for all of his evil plans to infect Othellos mind with lies were because he wanted revenge for not being promoted. He thinks that all the tragedy that takes place "shows the true means of physcological derangement."
In Othello, both themes of jealousy and hate were amoungst the main characters and developed new accuasations throughout the play. A change in the way one would feel turns Othello jealous and angry at his own wife. Othello believed that Desdemona was being unfaithful to Othello with Cassio. Othello then turns his back on his own wife and does a rash decision to kill her for what she has done. When Othello is certain that she has commited adultry, he kills her softly.
Iago’s murder of Emilia could also come from the general hatred of women that he displays. Emilia can be seen as a cover up to Iago’s true sexuality. When Iago tells Othello, “I am yours favour” it sets up the idea of Iago having homosexual feelings for Othello, these words sounding like a wedding vow. He certainly seems to take great pleasure in preventing Othello from enjoying marital happiness with Desdemona by framing her to be seen as unfaithful to Othello also he expresses his love for Othello frequently and effusively, for example; "…I lay with Cassio lately…. In sleep I heard him say, "Sweet Desdemona, Let us be wary, let us hide our loves!"
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.
Hamlet starts to act as a madman to avenge the death of his father by his uncle. Ophelia on the other hand, goes mad after the death of her father. Shakespeare uses both these characters to affect the main plot in the play and their relationships with other characters. Many people debate whether Hamlet’s madness is real or fake. Shakespeare incorporated the theme of madness to serve a motive for Hamlet in order to deceive others.
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.
He also acts upon his jealousy by formulating a plan to get Cassio fired. “If I can fasten but one cup upon him…He’ll be as full of quarrel and offense as my young mistress’ dog,” (II, iii, line 49). Here he tries to get Cassio fired by getting him drunk so he will make a fool of himself. These quotes only further prove that at first Iago was friends with Othello but through his jealousy his character needed revenge and brought out his inner evil. Another character that shows signs of jealousy is Rodergio.
Iago is a very crafty and cunning. When Othello appoints Cassio as lieutenant instead of Iago, Iago is outraged and becomes very jealous. This jealousy made Iago the villian (the green-eyed monster). Iago plots to thwart Othello because he did not choose him. In the beginning of the play, Iago explains to Roderigo that Othello and Desdemona will be undone by his wit.
This statement is backed up by his blatant lack of care about the fates of the innocent people who get dragged into his revenge plot. Take Desdemona for example, a pure and faithful companion, killed by the man that loved her dearly, just to bring satisfaction to Iago. Another pawn in Iago’s revenge attack is Cassio: ‘If I can fasten but one cup upon him, with that which he hath drunk to-night already, he'll be as full of quarrel and offence as my young mistress' dog’. Iago schemes to get Cassio drunk because he knows Cassio will end up getting into a fight. Because he wants Cassio to get in trouble with Othello so that Desdemona will try to intervene on Cassio's behalf, which will make Othello