Manipulation In Othello's Jealousy

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Jealousy and manipulation can be the death of any relationship. Throughout the play Othello, we see how Iago’s jealousy controls all of the thoughts and actions of the main characters. Othello was written by William Shakespeare around 1603. The play is set in Venice, Italy, in the Sixteenth century, during the time of war between Venice and Turkey. Iago, Othello’s captain, is mad with jealousy and contempt over not being made lieutenant. Iago derives a plan of revenge to ruin Othello, which backfires and creates destruction and death. Jealousy leads to an unexpected and tragic end.
The play begins with Iago manipulating another character Roderigo into telling Desdemona’s father that Othello has used witchcraft to steal his daughter Desdemona’s heart. Iago knows that Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and would do anything to have her love. Iago says, “Call her father, rouse him, make after him, poison his delight” (1.3.69-70). The seed is planted and Iago becomes the villain of the story. Iago does not care about Roderigo’s love for Desdemona, he only wishes Othello harm, and Iago will go to any length to get his revenge.
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Barbantio says, “Thou art a villain” (1.3.18). Iago in return states, “You are a senator” (1.3.19). An article called, Doctor Iago’s treatment of Othello, explains that “Following this surprise response, Barbantio’s anger totally disorganizes and his opposition to Iago and Roderigo vanishes” (Omer and Da Verona 101). Iago knows exactly what he is doing, and when his plan doesn’t work due to Desdemona’s confession, so he moves on to something that will rock Othello to his core. Iago decides to portray Desdemona as a cheating whore, even though Desdemona is his close friend and is truly loyal to her

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