Othello Jealous Character Analysis

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There are a few characters in the book Othello marked by jealousy. However, there is one character in specific, riddled with jealousy which evidently is his tragic flaw. Before getting into who this character is, what is jealousy? Jealousy is an extreme emotion one feels such as humiliation, rage, and a fear of abandonment. This emotion arises when a third party suspects a threat to a relationship (Psychology Today). Now, from this text, it is obvious that the most jealous character in Othello is Othello himself and this third party is Iago. This essay will examine Othello’s tragic flaw, the actions and paths he chooses to take caused by his uncontrolled jealous rage, and why Othello stands out to be the most prominent tragically-jealous character.…show more content…
Most people can argue that Roderigo is the most tragically jealous character because he is the one that shows jealousy from the beginning of the play. Roderigo is in love with Desdemona and he is jealous that she marries Othello. Later in the play, Roderigo recognizes that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, so he goes as far to kill Cassio. Although this is a valuable reason why Roderigo is the most tragically jealous character, he does not get enough lines or appearances in the play compared to Othello. What makes Othello the most tragically jealous is that he actually murders Desdemona and orders Cassio dead as well. Othello gets a plethora of lines and appearances to build quality reasons why he is the most tragically jealous. For example, Othello says to Desdemona, “That handkerchief Which I so loved, and gave thee, thou gav’st to Cassio” (Shakespeare, Othello, 5.2. 58-60). Othello is overridden by jealousy to the point where he finally enters Desdemona’s room to strangle her. He is talking to himself as Desdemona sleeps, he says , “Yet she must die, else she’ll betray more men” (Shakespeare, Othello, 5.2.

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