Othello, By William Shakespeare Essay

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The tragic love stories that Shakespeare writes always leave readers with endless questions flowing through their minds. While reading Othello, the biggest question Shakespeare left his readers with was what are Iago’s motives? Iago could either be jealous, have a desire for power, be a racist, have a personality disorder, or even be frustrated by the love that Othello has for Desdemona. Throughout the story, none of those reasons are completely clear, but they all could be possible. The reason that stands out the most out of all the possibilities is jealousy. Iago is jealous of Othello’s love, happiness, and respect that he gets from his peers, which motivates him to destroy Othello. The military stances that resemble Othello and Iago differ in many ways. “I follow him to serve my turn upon him” (Othello 2). Iago states this while jealous of Cassio’s military stance, and Iago has been given the position of a flag-bearer. In the story, this is the first sign of jealousy that Iago shows, and it could lead to his frustration. The job of a flag-bearer (or Ensign) is humiliating to him since he wants to be seen by others as a superior individual, while Othello is getting the respect that Iago wants. The jealousy from his military stance compared to others makes him aggravated, and eventually he takes his anger out on Othello. The anger mixed with the emotions that Iago is filled with are churning, and he does not want Othello to have everything Iago doesn’t have. According to…

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