Othello Speech, Jealousy

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Good afternoon class and Ms Teltey,
Jealousy has the power to consume oneself... Jealousy changes people in horrific ways. Othello is transformed from a normal human to a spiteful monster

It destroys both Iago who is jealous of Cassio and Othello who is jealous of his wife. Iago warns Othello to be wary of jealousy as it is a potent poison that turns Othello into a green eyed monster.
Iago is described as a “demi-devil” and rests confidently on the assurance that people and in particular Othello believes him to be honest. 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. These suspicions planted by Iago eventually corrupt his mind and blind his sense of reason that leads to his tragic downfall;
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