How Does Othello's Jealousy Become The Root Of All Evil

In Shakespeare’s Othello, a jealous officer makes the noble general is believed that his wife is unfaithful to his own lieutenant. Multiple people get caught in the antagonist’s web causing chaos for everyone. In this play, jealousy becomes the root of all evil in master plans, manipulations, and murder. Extreme jealousy can make a person act like a monster is demonstrated through the actions and thoughts of both Iago and Othello.
Iago’s envious desire to be in Cassio’s position and his suspicions of Othello being with his wife causes him to create plans that destroy people’s reputations and corrupt the trustworthiness of innocent people. In one of Iago’s soliloquies, he reveals his plan to make Othello think that Cassio has been seeing his
…show more content…
Othello ends up losing all trust and control to his jealousy as he becomes a hateful monster out for revenge. Othello declares, “Arise, black vengeance, from the hollow hell! Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne to tyrannous hate! Swell, bosom, with thy fraught, for ‘tis of aspics’ tongues!” (3. 3. 507-510). Othello is no longer the rational, calm, and honest Moor from the beginning of the play because he has now been taken over by the green-eyed monster Iago had mentioned before. Othello is filled with the heart of a monster with only revenge on his mind. Othello’s jealousy becomes resentment and needs for retribution to the point where he wants both his best friend and the love of his life dead. Othello exclaims, “Within these three days let me hear thee say that Cassio’s not alive... Come, go with me apart. I will withdraw to furnish me with some swift means of death for the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant. (3. 3. 537-538, 543-545)” Othello’s mind has settled to murder, the worst crime of humankind. With his trust broken from the paranoia and manipulations of Iago, Othello’s jealousy has taken over any rational thought or second option he would have had. His jealousy has come to an extreme and he would rather destroy what he had with Desdemona than to fix it. Othello ends up striking Desdemona, the love of his life because he believes she is gloating about her affair with Cassio; which does not exist. Othello cries out, “Devil!... O, devil, devil! If that the earth would teem with woman’s tears, each drop she falls would prove a crocodile. Out of my sight! (4. 1. 268, 273-276)” Othello gets so angry that he strikes his wife in public and hurting a loved one is seen as a monstrous act within itself. He continues with his cruel treatment of Desdemona even though she is completely innocent. The bitter

Related Documents