The Jealousy Of William Shakespeare 's Othello Essays

2041 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Shakespeare has been prominent in his use of recurring themes throughout his works, particularly those of death, love, and betrayal. These themes are all present within Othello. The most prominent is that of jealousy. Specifically, the jealousy that affects most of the male characters in Othello. It is possible to see the jealousy from the beginning to the end of the play and how it ruins the male characters’ lives. It can be seen in the beginning of the play, when Roderigo is envious of Othello because he wants to be with Desdemona and at the end of the play when Othello is mad with envy because he thinks that Cassio and Desdemona have been having an affair. Not all the jealousy in the play is brought about because of love. Much of it is fashioned by other characters such as Iago, who creates lies and misleading situations for his own reasons. Because Iago is blinded by anger and envy with the goal of make everyone just as jealous and miserable as himself, He tries to complete his goal by means of manipulation and betrayal, focusing specifically on Othello.

Shakespeare’s Othello begins with Iago confronting Roderigo about Desdemona. Iago hates Othello for promoting Cassio, who is younger, over him for the position that he wanted. Iago tells Roderigo that he plans to use Othello to his advantage by telling Roderigo this: “Call up her father, Rouse him…poison his delights…do, with like timorous accent and dire yell,” (I. i. 64-65, 72). Iago then convinces Roderigo to…

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