Othello Jealousy Character Analysis

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Jealousy is a perilous emotion with the potential to destroy the beholder, and everything in his or her surroundings. In Othello, the Moor of Venice, by William Shakespeare, jealousy is seen time and time again. This demon is presented from the beginning of the play, when Roderigo envies Othello because of how much he loves Desdemona, to the end when Othello throws everything he has ever known away by ignorantly blaming Desdemona for having an affair. One could argue that Othello is the most tragically jealous character in the book; however, evidence in the storyline suggests that Iago is the more envious character because he seeks to kill everyone that has something that he does not. In addition, it is implied on multiple occasions that Iago …show more content…
You are pictures out of door, bells in your parlors, wild-cats in your kitchens, saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds (Shakespeare. Othello. The Moor of Venice. 2. 1, 118-121).
Here, Iago is saying that all women are the same, and they are good for nothing because turn into aggressive for poor reasons. He has also twisted the mind of Othello about his wife having an affair with Cassio to the point where his sternness and mental fortitude is completely broken. Until Othello learns the truth about Iago 's false stories, he completely withdraws any honor that he has once gained by giving his wife, Desdemona, both physical and psychological wounds in front of a variety of people. Iago makes all these characters suffer because he is compensating what he feels on the inside, which is nothing but jealousy. This is known because literally every single motive that Iago with goes is from the sentiment of jealousy. Iago 's ego is so shrouded by his envy that he refuses to even attempt to say anything polite about his own wife, Emilia:
I am about it, but indeed my invention
Comes from my pate as birdlime does from
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But my Muse labors
And thus she is delivered
If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit,
The one’s for use, the other useth it (Shakespeare. Othello, the Moore of Venice. 2. 1, 135-138).
Here, Iago was saying that women will use their good looks to get whatever it is they want making them twisted and evil. Without a doubt, Iago is by far the most tragically jealous character in all of Othello. Iago kills everyone he secretly envies to compensate for the lack of character that resides in him. In fact, his root of jealousy originally comes from his burning love for Desdemona, which in turn had an equal and opposite reaction that turns him into a man of hatred and acrimony. Iago even allows his jealousy to affect him so dramatically that he destroys every form of love, compassion, and sympathy that he ever had, leaving his heart as an empty shell with only the torment of others to temporarily fulfill it. William Shakespeare wrote Othello with a message in mind, that everyone has the potential to fall in some way if they rely too heavily on any specific thing. This also means that he wants others to learn to stay faithful, but not to the extreme that it makes anybody unfaithful in the

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