A Literary Analysis of the Jealousy in Othello by William Shakespeare

In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago plots Othello’s damage when he is passed over for a promo. Iago tells Othello that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him and supplies inconclusive evidence for this. Othello ends up being filled with anger and jealousy and kills Desdemona. Othello later on finds that Desdemona was not unfaithful and dedicates suicide. Jealousy appears lot of times in a number of characters of Othello. Jealousy causes the supreme downfall of a number of characters in Othello such as Roderigo, Othello, and Iago.

Roderigo shows jealousy throughout Othello, and is eventually killed by Iago, as an outcome. Roderigo is gotten by Iago to assist him in his plot to destroy Othello. Roderigo was a possible suitor for Desdemona up until she married Othello on her own. This fills Roderigo with jealousy toward Othello. For this factor, Roderigo is eager to assist Iago with his plan. He first assists Iago in informing Brabantio of Desdemona’s secret marriage to Othello. Roderigo rudely wakes Brabantio one night stating, “What, ho, Brabantio! Signior Brabantio, ho!” (1.1.78). He then supplies assistance to Iago by starting a brawl in which Cassio injuries another male. As a result, Othello relieves Cassio of his command. Roderigo’s jealousy finally overtakes him when Iago asks him to kill Cassio. Iago informs him that Desdemona will sleep with him if he will eliminate Cassio. Roderigo’s selfishness appears and he attempts to kill Cassio. His attempt to eliminate Cassio fails when his mail t-shirt saves him. In the process, Roderigo is also injured. Iago comes along later and finishes him off. Although he is not the only victim of jealousy in this play, Roderigo is ultimately killed by this feeling.

Othello is also a victim of jealousy in this play. He is gotten rid of with jealousy when Iago informs him of Desdemona’s unfaithfulness. Othello falls right into Iago’s trap when he hears this news. Othello trusts Iago too much and becomes easily encouraged of this allegation. All he can think of is getting vengeance on Desdemona. Because of his jealousy, Othello is quickly swayed into thinking Iago’s lightweight evidence. As soon as provided with this proof, Othello becomes furious with Desdemona. He eventually chooses that Desdemona needs to pass away and makes no attempt to talk to her about the accusation. He says to Iago, “Get me some toxin, Iago, this night. I’ll not expostulate with her,/ lest her body and charm unprovide my mind again. This night, Iago!” (4.1.186-87). This plainly reveals his rage and jealousy once lastly persuaded of Desdemona’s actions. Othello’s mind is taken over by jealousy and he becomes unreasonable. He specifies, “I will chop her into messes! Cuckold me!” (4.1.182). In the end, he realizes that jealousy gets the very best of him, although it is too late.

Iago is the most jealous character in Othello. His jealousy results in the death of nearly all the characters in this play. Othello passes over Iago for a promotion and Iago becomes furious. Iago develops an elaborate plan that will ultimately bring him revenge on Othello. He starts by hiring Roderigo to help him. They break the news to Brabantio that his daughter privately married Othello. He says to Roderigo, “Call her dad/ Rouse him. Make after him, poison his delight” (1.1.68-69). Iago’s decision to reduce innocent individuals to get to Othello is displayed here. His next job is approaching Othello to inform him that Desdemona has actually been cheating on him with Cassio. Jealousy infect Othello as Iago’s strategy begins working. To supply evidence for this accusation, Iago plants a handkerchief of Desdemona’s in Cassio’s house. Othello’s anger and insecurity permit him to be persuaded very easily by this flimsy evidence that he thinks proves Desdemona’s guilt. In order for this plan to exercise, Iago had to kill his other half, Cassio, and Roderigo. Just like Roderigo and Othello, Iago’s’jealousy overtakes him and he is tortured to death for the murder of his wife.

Jealousy is an everpresent characteristic in Othello. It takes in a number of characters and eventually brings them to their untimely death. Roderigo’s jealousy produces his own murder, Othello’s jealousy forces him to commit suicide, the supreme act of selfishness and Iago’s jealousy affords him death by torture. Sadly, the wicked feeling, jealousy, not just resulted in the deaths of 3 of Othello’s primary characters, it caused the unforeseen deaths of innocent characters as well.

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