Hence it is evident to see how jealousy has consumed Othello and how it is described as the “green eyed monster”. Shakespeare also conveys the theme of jealousy in other areas of the play through other characters like the antagonist, Iago. Iago’s jealousy stems from several things which include Othello promoting Cassio instead of Iago as lieutenant, Iago’s suspicion of Othello sleeping with his wife and Cassio’s “beauty”. He uses these events as superficial motives to fuel his revenge to bring everyone down which represents his
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.
He possesses an exterior glitter which is really sinister and which misleads everyone in the play. Iago’s jealousy and deception is brought about by Othello giving Cassio a promotion over himself and the play starts with Iago complaining to Roderigo, about ‘The Moor.’ Jealousy is a major theme in Othello and this is illustrated though characterisation and the use of imagery. From the beginning of Othello, it is established that Iago is driven by jealousy himself and uses it as his tool to bring about the downfall of Othello. Responders are immediately alerted to his scheming nature when he states “I follow him to serve my turn upon him.” The characterisation of Othello from the calm and reasoned military leader to the blind, enraged ‘blacker devil’ that responders witness in the end emphasises the potent poison that is jealousy. There isn’t a shred of the Othello from Act one left by the tragic ending of the play as highlighted by Lodovico “thou Othello, that wert once so good.” The mere possibility of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness and the question of her fidelity are unbearable for ‘valiant’ Othello, he would rather “the general camp, Pioners and all, had tasted her sweet body” than to have doubts floating in his mind.
Iago not only attempts to seek out his own personal revenge, but he manipulates several other characters in order to help him reach his own goal. He plays on the other characters’ weaknesses and personal tragedies to help him reach his own ultimate revenge. As is proven by the end of the play, Shakespeare is clearly stating his personal belief that revenge is improper. This can be seen through the ultimate downfall of Iago and all those involved. In his play Othello, Shakespeare uses the plot, characters, and ultimate destructive ending to all to show the reader his opinion that all revenge is improper.
If the balance / of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another / of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would / conduct us to most preposterous conclusions…” (I.iii.339-348). Iago’s true motive for harassing Othello is his homosexual desire for him, a desire that he cannot control, so he makes due by destroying the person he loves. Shortly in the beginning of the play, Iago makes crude
Relinquishing to strong feelings and emotions often lead to situations of conflict. In Othello, this is portrayed continually throughout the play. Othello’s deep love for Desdemona fuels various conflicts that arise. Emotions of inner conflict such as betrayal and Jealousy cause Othello to express physical conflict by slapping Desdemona- something completely out of character that “would not be believed in Venice” as Lodovico says. If Othello’s emotions were not so invested in Desdemona, he would not have been so consumed by jealousy and frustration to entirely change character and become a mere reflection of his true self.
Pia Brinkschulte February 20, 2012 ELA 30S Mr. Grynol Othello In Shakespeare’s Othello, the main antagonists Iago, starts off from being simply jealous, to turning revengeful and obsessive, making perversive decisions for his need of power and control. Critic A.C. Bradley suggests that this longing to satisfy power is Iago’s main motivation and driving force for his acts and behaviour throughout the play. The chief reason for Iago’s vindictiveness is that Othello chose Cassio over Iago to make him his Lieutenant. Iago feels rejected and despised, he is very bitter towards Othello who downgraded his service and experience in favour of the arithmetic skills that Cassio has. Because Iago’s career path is blocked by a mere lack of paper qualification he first begins to start developing feelings of revenge on Cassio who stole his job.
Achilles is greatly ruled by his emotions. He will be inclined to evil if his passions are fixed in that direction. For example, Achilles shows intrinsically evil tendencies when he is filled with rage against Agamemnon for dishonoring him and, also, when his grief over Patroclus's death drives him to seek brutal revenge. However, he can show good, kind tendencies, as he did with Priam, when the gods compel his emotions to sympathy. Achilles gives some insight into his emotional inclinations when he says, “Anger that drives the sanest man to flare in outrage- bitter all, sweeter than dripping streams of honey, that swarms in peoples chests and blinds like smoke- just like the anger Agamemnon king of men has roused within me now...Despite my anguish I will beat it down, the fury mounting inside me, down by force.”1 While fate controls Achilles' ultimate destiny, the good or evil outcomes of his actions depend on Achilles' emotional state.
Jonathan LeBlanc ENGL 1302 4/26/2015 Paper #3 In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, jealousy sparks the downfall of the hero, Othello. Othello is a moor who is a general in the army of Venice, whose downfall is caused by jealousy, love and trust. Othello ruins himself by Trusting and loving too well along with letting his jealousy take over his emotions and reason. Othello and Iago have been through a lot together, Othello has had to trust Iago with his life in times of war. Iago knows that Othello trusts him unconditionally and will ultimately use that to manipulate him and ruin his life.
Shakespeare’s play “Othello” is controlled by jealousy and hatred and he uses the soliloquy most significantly through the deceitful character Iago to portray this to the audience. In Othello, the use of the soliloquy allows the audience to understand the plot and themes as well as revealing something of the audacity of Iago’s evil mind. In the play, Iago becomes deadly jealous when Othello promotes Michael Cassio to the position of his personal lieutenant. This is when Iago begins to plot his evil and malicious revenge on the two men. Iago’s plan follows through as he systematically dismantles Othello leading him to killing his innocent wife, Desdemona.