Major Themes Of Jealousy In Shakespeare's Othello
Iago was talking to Roderigo and told him of his hatred towards Othello. Iago only hated Othello, because he gave his promotion up to Michael Cassio. Michael Cassio was given this promotion that Iago felt he was more qualified for. So, Iago had a plan to be ingenious …show more content…
Iago has a plan, but he needs Emila to agree otherwise his plan won’t work. Iago believes that Othello doesn’t need any proof of Desdemona and Cassio’s “supposed” affair. Iago believes that if he gets Emila to grab the handkerchief then he will feed Othello’s jealousy. “Trifles lift as air, Are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy wit. This may do something.” (Scene 3 Act 3 370-372) Once Othello sees the handkerchief in Cassio’s possession he will have the proof that Desdemona is truly unfaithful to him. Iago is planting his revenge on Othello and it is working, because Iago has the proof to back up the words that he is saying. Othello isn’t saying he is jealous but really he is. Othello doesn’t want to believe that Desdemona is unfaithful so he wants proof. He will be more jealous once Iago plants his handkerchief with another man.
The author’s message to the readers is that no matter how jealous you can get there are different ways to approach your jealousy. Othello backed up his jealousy by needed proof of Desdemona being unfaithful. Iago used his jealousy to plot revenge on Othello, especially since he heard a rumor that Emilia was with Othello. This relates to real life, because at some point in life everyone gets jealous. Jealousy doesn’t just happen in relationships and it isn’t always destructive, but it can