top-rated free essay

Uncontrollable Jealousy

By jasonff Jan 20, 2013 539 Words
Uncontrollable Jealousy

Jealousy is a lethal weapon if used in the wrong hands. Jealousy is the feeling of resentment against someone’s success or advantages. In the texts, “Othello” and “How to Get into Medical School, Part l and Part ll”, the authors William Shakespeare and Vincent Lam decide to use the theme of jealousy to develop an appealing plot for the reader. The story of Fitzgerald in “How to Get into Medical School, Part l and Part ll” has the theme of jealousy written all over. The first glimpse of Fitzgerald’s envious thoughts occurs when Ming tells Fitzgerald that she gets accepted to medical school while Fitzgerald replies with a mocking “Well, congratulations, Doctor Ming...” (page 16). Later on, Fitzgerald’s jealous mind turns towards Karl. “...he hated knowing that his marks were soaring as a result of Karl’s study methods.” (page 60). Fitzgerald’s jealous thoughts only appear to slip out at tense moments. The jealousy throughout Fitzgerald’s role in the story creates a more interesting plot line for the reader. While the text “How to Get into Medical School, Part l and Part ll” demonstrates the theme of jealousy very well; Othello, being one of the classic Shakespearean plays, has gained its reputation for the theme of jealousy. In the novel “Othello” Iago is a victim of jealousy and causes him to act out of the ordinary. At the beginning of the plot Iago is blindsided by Othello because Othello chooses Cassio over Iago for the job of lieutenant. Jealousy takes control of Iago and causes him to plot revenge against Othello. “Till I am even’d with him, wife for wife, or failing so, yet that I put the Moor at least into a jealousy so strong that judgment cannot cure” (II, i, 299-302). Although jealousy is strongest between Iago and the Moor, the theme can also be found between Emilia and Desdemona, and Roderigo and Othello, and Desdemona and Othello. Very similar to the love triangle in “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, this triangle can be found in this novel as well but replaced with jealousy. Shakespeare successfully implied the theme of jealousy into his novel “Othello”. Although used in different ways, jealousy was efficiently portrayed in both “Othello” and “How to Get into Medical School, Part l and Part ll”. The authors decided to use jealousy as the main theme because it is an interesting topic to read about and it catches the reader’s attention. Many of the readers have had real life situations of jealousy which allows them to relate to the text more often. This will hook them onto the text much more. That is why the theme of jealousy is such a successful theme to write about. Jealousy can be used in so many different ways and can still be as effective. Jealousy is a strong theme and is capable of creating an effective plot if used correctly. The use of jealousy is very evident in both novels by Shakespeare and Vincent Lam. Both authors created a near-perfect atmosphere of jealousy for the reader.

Work Cited
Shakespeare, William. Othello. Vol. 1. Toronto: Harcourt Canada Ltd., 2000. Print. Lam, Vincent. Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures. Toronto: Random House of Canada Ltd., 2005. Print.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Jealousy

    ...Cohen Derek. “PAIRIARCHY AND JEALOUSY in Othello and the winter’s tale” modern language Quarterly 48.3 (1987): 207 Professional Development Collection. EBSCO. Web 17 oct. 2011 Shakespeare, William. “Othello the moor of Venice” Champaign IL: Book Jungle D. E. Godfrey, “Shakespeare and the Green Eyed Monster,” in Neophilo...

    Read More
  • Othello Essay Jealousy

    ... Othello Essay “Jealousy, a very powerful characteristic which is present in every human being on this planet, this attribute leads to negative events which can destroy relationships and consume the mind this can simply turn into anger and overcome the victim and make them do things that are not in their power. This is not absent in Othell...

    Read More
  • Othello and jealousy

    ... Jealousy takes many forms and sometimes it is harmless while at other times it can be destructive. In William Shakespeare’s play “Othello” a man named Iago hates and is jealous of the protagonist Othello because Othello has not promoted him to position of Lietunant, so he decides to try and kill Othello. However, he first convinces Roder...

    Read More
  • Jealousy and Tragedy in Othello

    ...Tragedy- it brings the great, the great, the remote and the impossible to an equality with the little, the real and the near. Shakespeare’s Othello is one such tragedy, a play which explores the complexity of human emotion in its many forms. The theme of jealousy plays a strong role in shaping the tragic events of the play, however it must be ...

    Read More
  • Jealousy in Othello

    ...Jealousy Shakespeare is prominent in his use of recurring themes throughout his works, particularly those of love, death, and betrayal. All these themes are present in Othello. Most paramount, however, is jealousy. Jealousy runs the characters’ lives in Othello from the beginning of the play, when Roderigo is envious of Othello because he wis...

    Read More
  • Jealousy Othello Essay

    ...Throughout Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the major theme of jealousy is explored in detail through the main characters Othello and Iago's actions. In the tragedy Othello, Shakespeare focuses on how jealousy affects Othello and the other major characters to result ultimately in their destruction. The theme of jealousy is evident throughout the p...

    Read More
  • Jealousy and Othello

    ...Othello’s Jealousy In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, Othello is a very honorable man and he has grace with the ladies. He is one that possesses lots of military leadership qualities. His character in the play shows that he is responsible and well respected. The personality of Othello is warm and charming and it draws the individuals ...

    Read More
  • Othello Jealousy

    ...Shakespeare has an exceptional ability to compose plays full of deceit, trickery, murderous revenge, and jealousy. In Othello, one of his most recognized tragedies was consistently evolving around the central theme of jealousy. Jealousy in Othello is what the play was founded on. One of Shakespeare's most credible characteristics in his writing ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.