Othello and jealousy
Jealousy takes lots of forms and often it is harmless while at other times it can be devastating. In William Shakespeare’s play “Othello” a guy called Iago dislikes and is jealous of the protagonist Othello because Othello has not promoted him to position of Lietunant, so he chooses to try and eliminate Othello. However, he first encourages Roderigo to help him because Roderigo is in love with Othello’s other half Desdemona and Iago promises that he can get him together with Desdemona. With Roderigo’s assistance, Iago is able to outline a series of events which ultimately leads to persuading Othello hat Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, and this not only triggers dispute between couple, however leads to Othello’s desire to kill Cassio. Hence, Shakespeare suggests that when people are conflicted with jealousy, they might hurt others and even cause their own damage. At the start of the play, Iago feels envious towards Othello and informs Roderigo that “I dislike the Moor: And it is believed abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets He has done my office: I know not if’t be true; But I, for mere suspicion because kind, Will do as if for surety. “(1. 3. 12).
Iago very first states that he dislikes Othello for passing him over for a promo but he hears reports that his other half Emilia may have had a fling with Othello. Despite the fact that Iago is unsure if the reports hold true, he still chooses to try and disrupt Othello’s life. This reveals the buildup of jealousy and hate within him, and even without any clear factor to interfere with Othello’s life, he feels the need to do create wicked rumors about him in order to destroy his reputation. Furthermore, Iago manipulates Roderigo in order to trigger confusion and cause jealousy in Othello’s mind.
Iago informs Roderigo that “Thou art sure of me. Go generate income. I have told thee often, and I re-tell thee again and again, I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted: thine hath no less factor. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him.” (1. 3. 358). Roderigo is envious of Othello weding Desdemona, the lady he loves and is now blinded by love so believes whatever Iago tells him. Certainly, Iago sees this opportunity and chooses to capitalize and use Roderigo to plot a series of occasions that will lead Othello into Iago’s trap. Shakespeare reveals that due to
Iago’s evil and envious nature, he does not want happiness for anyone and for that reason utilizes individuals as tools or toys for his own purpose. Lastly, Iago utilizes Cassio and Desdemona to make Othello think and suspect that Desdemona is cheating on him. Iago believes to himself “if I can fasten but one cup upon him, with that which he hath intoxicated to-night already, He’ll be as loaded with quarrel and offence as my young girlfriend’ dog. “(2. 3. 9). Iago gets Cassio intoxicated so he will get in a fight since he desires Cassio to be in difficulty with Othello and while that is happening he knows Desdemona will ntervene and attempt to assist Cassio. Iago’s actions reveal that he is so envious of Cassio’s position that he is willing to do anything to make Cassio look suspicious. Iago’s capability to depict Cassio as unreliable and unreliable reveals the extremes individuals can go to since of jealousy. Iago is willing to make use of everyone simply to get even with Othello proving that jealousy can in fact lead humans to abandon their logic. As Iago’s plans to get Cassio killed continue, he successfully creates the seeds of jealousy in Othello too.
Paradoxically, he even says to Othello that “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green- eyed beast which doth mock the meat it feeds on” (3. 3. 15). Iago pretends to be on the side of Othello and cautions him not to be too jealous because it will result in self-destruction. As a result, Othello naively trusts an individual who is trying to lead him into self-destruction yet he does not understand this and continues to step on the traps that Iago establishes. Additionally, Othello falls deeper and deeper into Iago’s master plan and begins to doubt Desdemona even though he at first desires evidence of her ffair. Othello reminds himself “No … my other half is reasonable, feeds well, enjoys company, is free of speech, sings, plays and dances well; where virtue is, these are more virtuous: … No, Iago; ill see before I doubt; when I doubt, show: and on the evidence. There disappears but this, away at once with love or jealousy!” (3. 3. 31). Othello refuses to be damaged by jealousy because he can plainly see that Desdemona selected him out of love and not since of anything else, however he seems like he needs proof from Desdemona that she is not cheating on him to be truly persuaded. This passage shows hat although Othello claims that he will not be contrasted by jealousy, step by action he is moving away from his claim and ends up being jealous and filled with doubts. Shakespeare alerts that jealousy 1/ 2 has the capability to make a person forget the truth and see people and situations plainly because it is such a strong emotion Lastly, Emilia alerts Desdemona about Othello’s jealousy as she states “however envious souls will not be answer ‘d so;/ They are never envious for the cause,/ However jealous for they are envious:’t is a monster/ Begot upon itself, born upon itself. “(3. 4. 3). Emilia understands that ealousy is like a “monster” that comes out of no place and worsens and worse over time. This recommends that Othello’s mind is being managed and taken over by the “beast” and the jealousy in his mind can keep growing until it is finally out of control. In Othello’s time, men owned ladies and an affair would harm a male’s track record and ego more than today. Since Othello is a Moor, the thought of his partner cheating on him is even worse than if he was Venetian given that Desdemona is his and she owes him commitment. Near completion of the play, Desdemona discovers that her scarf is missing out on and asks Emilia here her scarf is. Emilia does not understand and Desdemona states “Think me, I had actually rather have lost my purse/ Full of crusadoes: and, but my worthy Moor/ is true of mind and made from no such baseness/ as jealous animals are, it sufficed// to put him to ill thinking.” (3. 4. 7). Desdemona knows that the scarf is an essential present from Othello and losing it may trigger doubts in Othello’s mind about her loyalty. Unfortunately, Othello is established by Iago and discovers the handkerchief and is now persuaded of his partner’s unfaithful character, so he murders Desdemona.
After strangling Desdemona he states “Behold, I have a weapon;/ a much better never ever did itself sustain/ upon a soldier’s thigh: I have seen the day,/ that, with this little arm and this excellent sword,/ I have actually made my method through more obstacles/ than twenty times you stop: however, O vain boast!” (5. 2. 55). Othello understands after eliminating her, that Desdemona’s death was meaningless as he is now alone without the love of his life. By the time Othello recognizes that he was set up by Iago and Desdemona did not cheat on him, Othello can not endure the guilt of eliminating her and decides to dedicate suicide.
Before stabbing himself he states “speak of me as I am; absolutely nothing extenuate/ nor set down aught in malice: then should you speak/ of one that loved not carefully however too well;/ of one not quickly envious, however being wrought/ Perplex ‘d in the extreme.” (5. 2. 341-345). Othello becomes the victim of Iago’s ruthlessness due to the fact that he is not able to control jealousy, and he winds up being his own worst opponent as his jealousy ends up being so powerful that he eliminates because of it. Shakespeare shows that jealousy can ruin not just others’ lives but can lead to one’s own self-destruction as people can not see learly and think rationally when they let such a strong feeling over-take them. For that reason, Shakespeare alerts readers that they should control the jealousy in their lives since if they do not, they will destroy the relationships with those around them and themselves. Jealousy is among the strongest feelings and it can come quickly when an individual feels like they are worthy of much better, as Iago does, or when they are too possessive over another individual, as Othello is over Desdemona. In any case, jealousy causes individuals to misread truth and act irrationally. Powered by TCPDF (www. tcpdf. org) 2/ 2