Iago's Jealousy In Othello And Remembrance Of Things

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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…
Shakespeare hints throughout all of Othello that Iago has deep and profound love for Desdemona, even though, ironically, he hates her as well. Jealousy of someone an individual loves is the worst jealousy of all, which is why his love eventually shifts into hatred. Iago’s love for Desdemona can be compared to the book Remembrance of Things of the Past, because in both stories, a character’s tragic fall comes from the sentiment of jealousy and love. For example, Remi, a major character in Remembrance of Things of the Past says “All that was needed was that our predilection should become exclusive. And that condition is fulfilled when – in this moment of deprivation – the quest for the pleasures we enjoyed in his or her company is suddenly replaced by an anxious, torturing need, whose object is the person alone, an absurd, irrational need which the laws of this world make it impossible to satisfy and difficult to assuage – the insensate agonizing need to possess exclusively” (Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of Thing 's Past. 252. …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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