Othello: Envy and Hatred
Mariela Nivar February 24, 2012 World History Othello: Envy and Hatred Envy and hatred are principles that can control one’s views, life, actions, and words. Envy and hatred have existed and are experienced all throughout history in every culture and country. These two are practiced by numerous despite of their cultural background, faiths, or social class status. These principles are reflected and revealed very powerfully and vibrant in the famous Shakespearean story of “Othello”. The mechanics of envy and hatred can be picture and evaluated in some of its characters like Iago and Othello.
The primary plot of this book is the desire of Iago to ruin the marital relationship of Othello and his precious other half Desdemona. The actual motives of Iago for wishing to destroy the marital relationship are not completely guaranteed. One factor that can be speculated for his feeling of hatred and envy towards Othello is the fact that he believed that Emilia, his spouse, committed infidelity with Othello. This is expressed when Iago says “… I hate the moor, and it is believed abroad that ‘twixt my sheets has actually done my office. I understand if it be true; yet I, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surely”. 1. 3. 378-82). This thought of Iago’s that his wife and Othello may have had an affair can be associated with the reason of why he utilizes the lie that, in turn, Desdemona is having a secret affair with Cassio. It can be thought that he was attempting to make Othello be in the same position as he is while likewise experiencing this betrayal. The second reason Iago may have felt such hatred and envy towards Othello is for the reality that he was jealous of Othello for finding and dominating the love of the young and stunning Desdemona.
It can be thought as if Iago had a secret passion for Othello’s young wife, while also seething at the reality that a black man won her love. This can be perceived when Iago states “It can not be that Desdemona ought to long continue her love to the moor … she must change for youth, when she is sated with his body, she will discover the error of her option”. (1. 3. 340). This concept that Iago was envious of Othello for having actually won the love and commitment of Desdemona, despite their racial differences and the truth that they come rom different racial backgrounds, might be one of the reasons Iago feels such hatred towards Othello; A hatred that does not have any measurements of how it can impact others. Iago’s scheme to mess up Othello also ruined other individuals, causing even death. The envy and hatred he felt was one that could be connected to that of a devil for being such evilness. Cassio, the weapon to come in between Othello and Desdemona, became likewise a victim of Iago’s schemes while being so young and innocent.
The mechanics which Iago utilized to show his envy and hatred towards Othello went further than would be expected. Regardless of the fact that he saw that Othello grew furious and extremely jealous when he heard that Cassio and Desdemona were having an affair, which he wanted to kill Cassio, it did not strike Iago to take a step back and analyze what he was doing and how it can impact others including causing the death of innocent Cassio who trusted in him. Eventually, in turn, it wound up causing the tragic death of 3 innocent people including his wife Emilia, Othello and Desdemona.
Othello loved his wife with all his heart and all that he was; with strength and fantastic devotion. When Iago began executing the idea that his beloved other half was having an affair with among his relied on guys, Othello developed an ardent jealousy that ultimately could be pronounced to having actually ended up being hatred toward his other half. While Iago did all he could to end Othello’s love and rely on his spouse, Othello began to imagine his stunning spouse in bed with Cassio; these creativities made him grow a hatred so huge versus his wife that exceeded his love for her.
With this discovered hatred he resolved in eliminating her. Although she pleaded him not to eliminate her and that she was loyal to him, his hatred and bitterness managed him and wound up murdering her. Throughout the story of Othello, we can perceive how the cultural and racial differences, and the diverse social classes and positions can trigger stress that can result in the death of others, consisting of innocent ones.
These reasons for tensions are directed mainly by the envy and hatred that is felt towards those who might be successful and are, more frequently, are leaders. We saw a fantastic example of this nature in the character of Iago that caused Othello killing himself and his other half, also causing the death of Emilia. Envy and hatred are sensations that can overpower someone versus their own will and sensations, like that of love, and have mechanisms that can affect numerous even unintentionally, typically causing fantastic disaster.