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People have personal insecurities that tend to make out as jealousy. No matter if it’s a relationship or a friendship. Many characters possessed some type of insecurity that allowed them to have a jealous tendency. This not only happened in the play but it could also happen in real life. Othello is the most famous literary work that focuses on the dangers of jealousy. The play is a study of how jealousy can be fueled by mere circumstantial evidence and can destroy lives. It’s interesting how every character has their individual jealousy. But, they share similar traits of jealousy. Which is in the same type of form. In Othello, jealousy takes place in many forms, from sexual suspicion to professional competition, but most of all, hate. Othello believes his wife (Desdemona) is having a affair with Cassio. For the simple reason Iago claims Cassio has been sleeping with Othello’s wife. Since Othello is so gullible, Iago leads him “by the nose”. Iago plants a seed of jealousy inside of Othello because apparently he has some insecurity. (“After sometime, to abuse Othello’s ear that he (Cassio) is too familiar with his wife. He hath a person and smooth dispose to be suspected framed to make women false”.)p 42 Bianca is also in the same position. She believes Cassio is having an affair because of his lack of appearance. She has not seen Cassio, and when she finally does, she receives a gift that possessed another women fragrance. (“Bianca whose jealous over Cassio motivates her every word and action, reproaches him on her first appearance with an alleged seven days and nights of neglect.”)p 173-175 Iago is so angry with Othello he thinks there is no way a women as lovely as Desdemona is going to love a moor like Othello. Instead, she is captivated with him and loves him with all her
heart and soul. This makes him even more jealous and motivates him to begin a plot to destroy othello. (“Iago plan is to get Othello to imagine Cassio in his (Othello’s) place”.)p 196
Both Iago and Othello shared one thing which was “hatred”. Iago hated Othello with a passion. As for Othello he began to hate his wife (Desdemona) because he assumed that she was being unfaithful and deceiving him. Iago destroyed Othello’s relationship and Cassio’s position by convincing Othello that Cassio is betraying him. (“I hate the moor, my cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason.”)p 41 Iago claims he hates Othello because Othello passed him, Iago, over for a promotion, giving “Michael Cassio” the job as military lieutenant instead. Iago believes he’s far more qualified than Cassio, who lacks Iago’s experience on the field of battle. Clearly, iago seems pretty jealous. But this is the real reason Iago sets out to destroy Othello? Or, is this merely an excuse to go after him? In other words, does Iago say of this in order to manipulate Roderigo? (Roderigo is completely envious of Othello fro marrying Desdemona). (“I hate the moor, and it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets he has done my office, I know not if’t be true; but I, for mere suspicion in that kind will do as if for surety.”)p42 Othello began to question Desdemona about the situation and the affair, but she started to act suspicious. Desdemona didn’t really know how to act within the situation. She didn’t understand what Othello’s problem was and assumed that it was pressure because of the war and everything that he was going through. Iago lied to Othello making him believe that the handkerchief that he gave to his wife (Desdemona) was in Cassio’s possession and it was given to him by
Desdemona. As he questioned Desdemona she panics making Iago’s story merely true. He realized that she didn’t have the handkerchief in her possession. He then began to hate her and also Cassio and wanted both of them dead immediately. (“With nothing but Iago’s word, Othello, without even seeking to confront either Desdemona or Cassio, passes sentence of death.”)p20-21 Think about this, why is sexual jealousy the main focus of the play, rather than any other kind of jealousy? Jealousy is what makes people’s relationship hard and also friendships. Lovers were no longer lovers and friends were no longer friends, this play indicates and shows that you can’t trust what everyone says without full evidence. As for Othello, he grew jealous just but unreliable information that was given to him. He soon builds up rage that they cannot control and gave him the rage to want those who have caused it dead. Because of sexual suspicion, professional competition and hate it caused Othello to kill his wife (Desdemona) and he killed his self realizing that he killed the one he loved. Cassio was no longer taken by Bianca, and Iago still didn’t get the position he wanted for the simple reason, he didn’t know Othello would take his own life. His plan went sour and he was left nothing. Jealousy destroys lives, and this play is a perfect example of why.