Othellos Jealousy

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The Green-Eyed Monster

In William Shakespeare’s Othello, the power of jealousy dominates the play; at first, it’s Iago who is stricken with jealousy, when Othello appoints Cassio as his new lieutenant. Iago states, “And I, of whom his eyes had seen the proof at Rhodes, at Cyprus, and on other grounds…must be beleed and calmed by debitor and creditor,”(I.i.29-32) after finding out he will be an ancient instead of a lieutenant. These words he has spoken show jealousy on his part because he wanted the lieutenant position and it has been given to someone with less experience in the field. Because of this green-eyed monster, envy, Iago decides to ruin Othello’s marriage and other devious things that come to his mind. In The Tragedy of Othello, William Shakespeare tells the tale of the “noble Moor” whose honor and innocence bring about his downfall. Shakespeare writes of the power of jealousy, and the art of masterful deception and trickery. The story primarily takes place in Cyprus, during a war between the people of Venice and the invading Turks. In this play Shakespeare shows the feeling of Othello’s embittered right-hand man, Iago. Iago's resentment erupts at his being passed over for a promotion to the position of Othello's lieutenant. He vows to retaliate against Othello by proceeding to manipulate his friends, enemies, and family into doing his bidding without any of them realizing. Iago implants his first evil thought into Othello’s mind about Desdemona, Othello’s wife. Iago questions Othello about the relationship between Cassio and Desdemona, to mess with his mind. Othello thought nothing of a relationship between his wife and his lieutenant but Iago had devious ways of making a person curious. “But for a satisfaction of my thought; no further harm.”(III.iii.106-107). After a statement like this Othello, now, wanted to know why Iago was asking and what he is thinking. He goes on to tell Othello that he believes Cassio is sleeping with Othello’s wife. Now...
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