The Theme Of Jealousy In Othello

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Othello The concept of jealousy is explored by William Shakespeare in the play Othello. Jealousy is a clear indication on how one fears and insecurities can be exploited and manipulated by those who are envious. Deceit can turn one against those whom they love and overwhelmed with emotion that it results in losing sanity and death. The theme of jealousy is prominent throughout the play and motivates characters actions. Jealousy is so powerful it not only destroys others’ lives but can lead to one’s own self destruction. Iago uses jealousy against each character for his own narcissistic desires. Jealousy is presented in the beginning of the play when Iago begins talking badly about Othello to Roderigo. Iago becomes very envious once he was demoted from his position. He resents Othello and Cassio so much he seeks reasons to support his indignation and lust for vengeance. Iago revealed another reason for his hatred of both Othello is because he suspected that both men had sexual relations with his wife Emilia. “I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets” (Othello 1.3.14). Iago jealousy surpasses competitiveness and transcends to sexual jealousy. Believing that both men seduced his wife is another reason to continue his ruthless scheme against the two. This is where Iago’s jealousy and envy commenced and seeking of revenge.
Iago is the villain of the play. He is very good at manipulating people and misleading to get the reaction he wants. He

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