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Jealousy as a Theme in Othello

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Jealousy in Othello
Jealousy as one of the most important themes in the play of Shakespeare Othello is obvious and it play an important role through the characters and the whole story of the play. Jealousy as a negative characteristic and personality which we can see from several characters in the play, which is the main reason that creates the tragedies of Othello and his wife Desdemona, and eventually it leads to the tragedies of themselves. There are three aspects to proof this theme, the first one is Iago’s jealousy to Othello that drives him crazy and to take revenge on Othello; the second one would be Iago’s jealousy to Cassio which makes him framing Cassio, an innocent man to his innocent death; and the last one would be Othello’s jealousy due to the deception which his wife is being unfaithful to him, it brings out the destructive side of Othello and eventually turns him from a great noble man to a reasonless murderer. These three aspects show the theme of jealousy as the devilish seed that lead those characters to their tragic endings.
First of all, it is very clear that Iago is driven crazy by jealousy and is a jealous person in his nature, as he thinks that Othello has slept with his wife Emilia, which leads him to take terrifying revenge on Othello. “I hate the Moor, and it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets ' has done my office. I know not if’t be true, but i, for mere suspicion in that kind, will do as if for surety” (Shakespeare, Act1, Scene 3.329-433). From the text, it clearly shows that Iago is an extremely jealous person, he sees Othello as his enemy because of what he hears in the rumor, which even he himself is not sure of. However, he still deceides to take revenge on Othello, it shows the sickness of his jealous heart. Iago gets eventually crazier and crazier with the seed of jealous growing inside of his body that he even wants to sleep with Desdemona to feel even with Othello and to...


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