The Themes Of Jealousy In William Shakespeare's Othello

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Jealousy is part of human nature. Jealousy can destroy people just as quickly as it can make them rise to the top. As genius Mary Baker Eddy said, “Jealousy is the grave of affection.” This quote and jealousy relate to the play Othello by William Shakespeare because in the play the main character, Othello, is ridden by jealousy as an evildoer, Iago, tries to convince Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him. As Iago plants his seeds of suspicion in Othello and his jealousy grows stronger and stronger, until he kills his Desdemona. When he finds out that Desdemona did not even cheat on him, he kills himself with guilt. In the end it is Othello 's own jealousy that brings him down. Through a series of mishaps and by Iago manipulating …show more content…
He completely denies any jealous feelings by saying, “Think 'st thou I’d make a life of jealousy...No.” Later in the quote though you can see that he is not so sure of himself when he says, “I 'll see before I doubt.” He does not want to believe Iago but shows some sign of believe when he says he needs proof. This is interesting because it shows how easily a weak relationship can be broken. He also claims that his relationship for Desdemona is strong because “she had eyes, and she chose him.” This relates to Garber 's essay because it illustrates the idea that Desdemona only fell in “love” with Othello because Othello depicts the person who she truly wants to be and visa …show more content…
Iago got this deep suspicion embedded into Othello 's mind just by suggesting that Desdemona was up to something naughty. This idea connects back to the idea that Othello’s and Desdemona 's relationship was never so strong. Iago compares Othello 's jealousy to burning “mines of sulphur”which can be interpreted as meaning that it is so intense. This also gives us a snapshot of the thoughts in Iago 's mind, as most soliloquies do. We can see that his master plan is falling into place and he is most likely going to have his way at the end of the story. This is strange because of the nature of Iago and Othello 's relationship. Iago is often referred to as honest, but he is slowly but surely destroying Othello’s life without notice. Clearly it is the vast power of jealousy that brought Othello down, not Iago 's

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