Othello - Jelousy

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In William Shakespeare’s Othello, many themes are conveyed, such as jealousy, love, power and race. The theme that I found the most interesting would be jealousy. According to www.dictionary.com, the definition of jealousy is the mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims. Jealousy is a powerful emotion. 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. He is jealous of Othello because Othello gave Cassio a promotion as his military lieutenant when Iago feels that he should have deserved it. Iago is also jealous of Othello because he heard rumours about Othello sleeping with his wife, Emilia. “I hate the Moor, and it is thought abroad that twixt my sheets has done my office,” Act 1. Sc. 3, Line. 314. Although Iago does not know if the rumour is true, he still decides to put a whole lot of hatred towards Othello and destroy his life. Iago is jealous of Cassio similarly to the reason why he is jealous of Othello. “Cassio's a proper man: let me see now: To get his place and to plume up my will…” Act 1. Sc. 3. Line 329. The interesting part about this line is that Iago sees his evil plan as a “monstrous birth to light” Act 1. Sc 3. Line 12. that he will bring forward and succeed with. He states that he should make Othello believe that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio to get into Cassio’s

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